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Europe

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Some people ask "Why Europe, isn’t it the cradle of Christianity?” Perhaps that was true 100 years ago but today’s Europe is a land of spiritual lostness. Now, Europe is known for the following statistics:

  • Europe has the lowest percentage (2.5%) of evangelical Christians of any continent in the world
  • Atheism has risen by more than 400% in Europe in recent years
  • Europe is the world’s spiritually darkest place – Time Magazine
Albania Missions Trips

This country, being the first ever to be proclaimed an Atheist nation in 1967, put practiced Christianity under penalty of 3 to 10 years of prison. Today, while state persecution may have ceased, Albania is comprised of 70% Muslims, their prayer calls chiming through the streets of its capital, Tirana, five times a day.

In 2018, EI first broke ground in this spiritually desolate country, partnering with churches in and out of the capital, ministering to both the westernized Tiranians as well as the impoverished Roma (Gypsy) population in the suburbs. One of our partners has been diligent in ministering to convicted criminals in prison, as well as to the families of the incarcerated, who, experiencing social exclusion in a shame-based society, often lack the most basic means. Here, the love of Christ is often the only barrier between them and death by starvation.

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Austria

The hills are alive with the sound of music in the mountain covered nation of Austria. Known historically for its renowned classical music composers and pristine peaks, as well as the Sound of Music, Austria is a popular destination for many Europeans to spend their vacation. Beneath this facade of beauty, many Christians do not realize how spiritually impoverished Austria has become.  

Historically, Austrians have identified themselves as catholic. Like most Europeans, their religious influence has faded into agnosticism and atheism. EI has partnered with local churches to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the streets of Vienna. We’ve equipped impassioned young believers to reach their own peers with the good news. We believe the hope of Austria is the gospel of Jesus Christ! 

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Belarus

Belarus has seen a lot of upheaval, from the days of Communism to its most recent history. In a nation striving for freedom, the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ is exceptionally precious but sadly also very rare.

In 2020 EI went into Belarus for the first time during our 40 for 40 missionary journeys. We had a team of Americans who partnered with Belarusian believers in one on one conversations. This team also ministered in local churches, blessed the poor, and did home to home evangelism outreach in villages. Many lives were impacted for eternity and this was the first of many trips to go into Belarus!

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Belgium

Beyond its famed waffles and chocolate, Belgium is one of the most culturally diverse nations in Europe. Making things even more complex is the exponential growth of the Muslim immigrant community. Most Belgians today are secular, forsaking their Catholic and Protestant historic roots.

 

Brussels, the home of the EU, is very strategic to Europe’s future and in great need of a spiritual awakening. This is why EI is passionate about sending teams to this beautiful, but spiritually dark nation. Near Brussels, EI partners for outreaches with a church that has over 55+ nations represented within the congregation. In the south, a wealth of African-Belgian churches and ministries desiring to see awakening among their people, has opened their doors to EI to a variety of ministry opportunities, including flood relief during catastrophe in 2021. EI has sent teams to minister at the world’s second largest street festival which takes place each July in the city of Ghent. Honest, Jesus-filled, conversations have been had with searching (and a bit drunk) Europeans who are no longer afraid to share about the emptiness they feel inside and their longing for something more.

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Bulgaria

In the shadow left by the Communist influence of Soviet Russia, contemporary Bulgaria is still characterized by a spiritual atmosphere of hopelessness and social isolation. Moreover, it struggles internally, as the Roma (Gypsy) people face political persecution, being refused education and job opportunities.

This is where EI gets involved. We partner with a local ministry that targets the root issues, providing education and shelter to minors in hopes of raising a generation of literate, qualified, confident Roma that has learned to provide for themselves and their families, being fully aware of their identity in Christ. Moreover, we have reached hundreds of Bulgarians with the gospel through street evangelism in the nation’s capital, Sofia, and have seen walls come down and burdened souls finding rest with their heavenly father.

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Croatia

Located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in the south of Europe, Croatia is a flagship of the beauties of nature, consisting of about 1,200 islands and extensive national parks and nature reserves. Primarily Catholic, an underwhelming 0.38% of its population identify as evangelical Christians.

In Zagreb, EI partners with a ministry that is making a difference in the surrounding communities through evangelism, discipleship, education, and church planting. EI teams have gone home-to-home in Roma villages sharing the Gospel, encouraging believers through Bible studies, as well as assisting and leading several VBS for children. EI teams have also conducted creative arts outreaches in Zagreb’s city squares as well as brought the world’s premier Christian ballet company, Ballet Magnificat, to the city for outreaches.

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Czech Republic

100 years before Martin Luther sparked the Reformation in Germany, it was already in full swing in Czech Republic. Jan Hus, outspoken critic of un-Biblical doctrines, became one of the first martyrs of the Evangelical movement in Europe. Today, the country has become increasingly secular, the legacy and bold faith of men like Jan Hus lying dormant.

The time is ripe for an awakening! EI has ministered in Prague’s red light district, public schools,  local churches, city squares, and more. Famous for its beautiful architecture and cheap beer, Prague has become one of Europe’s hubs for party tourism, attracting students from all over the world. Looking for entertainment, they find themselves drawn to the dances and dramas that EI brings to the streets, seeing and hearing the Good News; many of them for the first time in their life.

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Denmark

Soon after becoming a Christian nation in the 10th century, the Danish established a monarchy that has uninterruptedly been in existence for over 1,000 years, making it the oldest monarchy in the world. And while Denmark itself is a rather small nation, it is sovereign over the 50-times larger Greenland.

Today, Christianity no longer holds the position of yore. Aiming to bring a fresh revelation of God, EI has conducted outreaches in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hundreds were impacted, with many coming to salvation. Beyond that, local believers were encouraged to see the fruit borne in their spiritually challenged nation.

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France

Birthplace to the Enlightenment movement in the 18th century, France has always striven to be free. Free from oppressive regimes, free from foreign control, free from religion. Research in recent years suggests that 80% of the French people have never read, held, or even seen a Bible.

EI has been active in about half a dozen cities all of the country, including Nice, a beautiful city located by Coast of Southern France, and Marseille — a 2,600 year old port city. Many times, EI has partnered with a local church here that is passionate about reaching beyond their walls to impact the lost, which includes the city’s high population of immigrants, through street outreaches consisting of creative arts presentations, a portable cafe, face painting, dancing, and balloon making — lives are impacted one act of kindness, one conversation at a time.

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Germany

As the birthplace of the likes of Martin Luther and Count Zinzendorf, Germany has sparked great movements of faith. However, in the aftermath of its more recent history, Germans have lost their sense of national identity, looking to extreme liberalism for a fulfillment that can only be found in God.

Founded in 2007, EI established its first base in Germany’s capital, Berlin, reaching its inhabitants through Creative Arts Street Evangelism. Since then, the ministry has spread to over a dozen other cities all over Germany, and established flourishing partnerships with many churches and Christian organizations all over the country, reaching the homeless, filling theaters and equipping believers for evangelism, to name but a few of the many doors God has opened to reach His prodigals in this nation.

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Great Britain

Britain’s anthem, “God Save the Queen”, gives homage to their rich royal history – and their Maker. However, while Christianity is still surviving in rural Wales and Scotland, cities like London have become brooding places for liberalism and secularism, labeling faith an archaic concept.

EI’s ministry in Great Britain could not be more diverse. It has ranged from sending a team to London for street outreaches during the 2012 Olympic Games, to painting apartments for a drug rehab ministry in Scotland. Thanks to our partner church in Scotland, we have had the privilege to bring teams into a public high school there, sharing testimonies in a very secular environment. In Edinburgh, EI teams have utilized the creative arts to bring the gospel to the famous “Royal Mile”. Birmingham, England’s second largest city, has been the stage for some spiritually intense ministry, including prison ministry and a partnership with one of the most long-standing homeless ministries of the nation. In all these things, we have one over-arching prayer: God save Great Britain!

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Greece

Considered the cradle of Western civilization, Greece has brought us philosophy, democracy, and even showers! Despite its many achievements, modern-day Greece is plagued by federal bankruptcy, through-the-roof unemployment rates, and the collapse of its social security system. While the apostle Paul and many others have already gone before us, there still remains very much work left to be done.

EI partners with ministries in Greece’s capital, Athens, as well as the nation’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, where the apostle Paul broke ground as the first missionary to Europe. EI’s ministry here has ranged from practical house work to street evangelism to Roma (Gypsy) outreaches. Due to its geographical location, Greece has become a haven to thousands upon thousands of refugees. Reaching Greece means to reach the nations. The final word to Greece’s many problems has not been spoken until the ultimate truth has not been heard!

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Hungary

Budapest, the Hungarian capital, is known as the “Pearl of the Danube”. The land of goulash and paprika is unique to all of the European nations. The Hungarian language is considered the second most difficult language in the world. In its long history Hungary has only had a few centuries of freedom, having been overtaken and oppressed by many nations throughout its history. As a result of 45 years of socialism, Hungary is still a largely secular nation.

 

Hungary is home to EI’s second base of operations and is a strategic part of our European ministry. EI has been mobilizing teams to Hungary since its inception in 2007 and with the help of local partners, EI has brought many teams into the public schools of Budapest and the surrounding region. Through these outreaches and our year-round English programs, we are building relationships with students.The teams that come to Budapest enjoy faithfully proclaiming the Gospel in Budapest’s subway stations and busy city squares, leading many Hungarians to salvation. EI is committed to sharing the Gospel and following up with those who have made decisions for Christ, we plan to expand our ability to do so by establishing a ministry center in Budapest. This center will enhance our ability to disciple those we encounter during outreaches as well as expand our ministry opportunities. Our Budapest based staff also helps facilitate ministry in neighboring nations such as Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Croatia and Romania.

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Ireland

Known primarily for St. Patrick’s Day and the three-leaf shamrock, the Republic of Ireland is also recognized as the Emerald Isle because of its lush and beautiful countryside. Ireland remains a largely secular nation, despite its strong Catholic tradition.

In the vicinity of Dublin, EI has had the privilege to minister to addicts, kids and teens in a poverty-stricken area. Ireland has many economic and social challenges, which contribute to an ever increasing sense of hopelessness. Yet there is no limit to what God can do once a spiritual awakening is ignited upon the emerald island.

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Italy

Italians obviously know how to eat well! Did you know that pasta is a 6,000 year old tradition in Italy?! At the heart of the nation’s capital, Rome, lies the smallest country in the world: the Vatican,  the command center of Catholicism. Consequently, Italians are extremely religious. And while separation of church and state is in effect in Italy, the Catholic church holds immense political and cultural influence, even today.

EI has ministered in over half a dozen cities in Italy, from Milan in the North to Naples in the south, utilizing the creative arts in city squares to spread the gospel of grace and truth in a salvation-by-works dominated culture. Thousands of lives have already impacted through the ministry of EI as the Good News of a God who wants to have a personal relationship with them, is being preached. Jesus is setting captives free from the bondage of religion.

Lithuania

Did you know that Lithuanian is also one of the oldest spoken languages in the world? Once one of the largest and most powerful of European Empires, Lithuania is now only about as big as West Virginia. While many of its citizens identify with some Christian denomination, Paganism still has a strong hold on the country, which is only growing with each passing year.

The capital city of Vilnius, surrounded by a mix of both historical and modern architecture, is the perfect backdrop for Creative Arts Outreaches. Our partners are bold and zealous to share the gospel with their fellow Lithuanians whether it be from a microphone during a worship set in the city center, or in a conversation in the park. They also regularly saturate their country in prayer during prayer meetings and walks. There is also opportunity for teams to encourage the local church while encouraging Lithuanians to enter into a relationship with the only One who can truly save their lives.

 

Moldova

Moldova is widely known as one of the poorest nations in Europe. After exiting the USSR, Moldova faced economic and political hardships.  Thankfully, conditions have become slightly more promising since leaving the U.S.S.R, although the effects are still felt in society. 

Spiritually, Moldovan’s are open to hearing about a living relationship with God. EI has taken the gospel to local parks and squares in the capital city of Chisinau and seen many receive Christ. Additionally, we have partnered with a local church to minister to youth. We believe that ultimate healing is only possible with the message of the cross. 

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Lithuania

Did you know that Lithuanian is also one of the oldest spoken languages in the world? Once one of the largest and most powerful of European Empires, Lithuania is now only about as big as West Virginia. While many of its citizens identify with some Christian denomination, Paganism still has a strong hold on the country, which is only growing with each passing year.

The capital city of Vilnius, surrounded by a mix of both historical and modern architecture, is the perfect backdrop for Creative Arts Outreaches. Our partners are bold and zealous to share the gospel with their fellow Lithuanians whether it be from a microphone during a worship set in the city center, or in a conversation in the park. They also regularly saturate their country in prayer during prayer meetings and walks. There is also opportunity for teams to encourage the local church while encouraging Lithuanians to enter into a relationship with the only One who can truly save their lives.

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Macedonia

Legends abound surrounding the ancient king, Alexander the Great - yet his nation, the Macedonians, truly continues today. From the sparkling Mediterranean Sea to ancient Orthodox monasteries to the soaring monuments of downtown Skopje, this land is eye-catching.

Even more compelling spiritually is the vision the apostle Paul received of a Macedonian man calling, “Come over and help us!” Today, there is still a deep need for the gospel in the land of Macedonia. We have found that young people especially are curious about having a relationship with God. In the capital Skopje and smaller towns, EI has been honored to connect with local believers and proclaim the good news through street evangelism and children’s ministry, including among the Roma community. We are hopeful for all God will do in this corner of the Balkans!

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Montenegro

This country’s name means “black mountain,” as it’s covered with sweeping dark forests, stunning peaks and lovely coasts. Aside from the landscape, the Montenegrin people have faced deep pain during the Yugoslavian war and recent political turmoil. 

The nation has longstanding religious influences from both Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam, with a small evangelical community that comprises about 0.26% of the population. A pastor in Podgorica shared that while the nation can feel spiritually hard, he’s seen a softening in the last decades and hopes for spiritual awakening among the younger generation. Towards this goal, EI has begun connecting with local partners and engaging with nonbelievers on the streets. Montenegro, nicknamed the “Jewel of the Adriatic,” is surely treasured by our heavenly Father!

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Moldova

Moldova is widely known as one of the poorest nations in Europe. After exiting the USSR, Moldova faced economic and political hardships.  Thankfully, conditions have become slightly more promising since leaving the U.S.S.R, although the effects are still felt in society. 

Spiritually, Moldovan’s are open to hearing about a living relationship with God. EI has taken the gospel to local parks and squares in the capital city of Chisinau and seen many receive Christ. Additionally, we have partnered with a local church to minister to youth. We believe that ultimate healing is only possible with the message of the cross. 

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Netherlands

Windmills, canals, and world-famous art make the Netherlands a cultural oasis. Its spiritual heritage includes the Dutch Reformers and the Ten Boom Family, who protected Jews during the Holocaust. Sadly, this once vibrant Christian nation is now estimated to be less than 2% evangelical Christian. 

EI has ministered in Rotterdam, which has the largest port in Europe and is the second largest city in the Netherlands making it a perfect location for outreaches. This city was nearly destroyed during World War II, but “rose from its ashes” to say it in the words of the Britannica Encyclopedia. Amsterdam, the capital, is a popular tourist attraction. Hundreds crowded around EI’s drama performances and witnessed the gospel be preached through the arts and in personal conversations seen We believe Rotterdam will also spiritually arise from the ashes and be known as a city. The Dutch need to know that the essence of being a Christ follower is about relationship, not religion. The Netherlands are ripe for revival!

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Poland

Home to the world’s oldest restaurant (est. in 1275!), Poland is one of the culturally most undervalued nations. Its tumultuous history reads like a thriller! Today, one of the most influential powers in modern-day Poland is Catholicism. Religion and State are still not separated and approximately 88% of the Polish people identify as Catholic.

EI’s ministry in Poland has been extensive, focusing on the cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Łódz. Conducting creative arts outreaches in city squares, we found a remarkable openness among the people. Despite its Catholic heritage, many Poles today hold secular beliefs and are generally disconnected from the church. To them, the idea of a grace-based relationship with Jesus is an unknown concept, and when confronted with it, we see many searching Poles receive the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Portugal

Portugal is a nation shaped by the sea, not only in regard to its cuisine (though the seafood is seriously amazing here!). Traditionally, Portugal is firmly Catholic. But in reality, like in most European countries, its people are becoming more and more secular.

EI has been sending 40 for 40 teams to Lisbon, the colorfully tiled capital of Portugal, partnering with a local bible school and another church in outreaches. We also had the opportunity to minister in Porto, the second most important city in the country. Both in touristic and more impoverished areas, we have experienced a great hunger for the gospel with many people repenting or rededicating their lives to Jesus. Religion has for many been a source of pain and struggle, something that holds them captive and they need to be freed from. The Lord is breaking chains in Portugal, delivering people from bondage and brokenness, mending hearts and opening doors.

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Romania

Located in the heart of this beautiful nation lies Transylvania – birthplace of myths and vampires. But there have been horrors much more real here. During the Cold War, Romania’s population endured the most repressive dictatorship of the time, suffering terrible hunger and poverty. Since its collapse, most Romanians have given themselves to the often legalistic traditions of Orthodox Christianity. Jesus wants to bring freedom!

 

Intent on tearing down these walls, EI has been ministering in Romania since our inception in 2007, rendering our annual trip in January our oldest and perhaps most beloved EI tradition. Romania has the largest population of Roma (Gypsy) people in Europe — an ethnic group often despised by society. Many Roma families struggle to survive the harsh winter months as they lack the basic necessities such as warm clothing, adequate housing, firewood, and food. Our aim is to love them as Jesus would, providing humanitarian relief as we go home-to-home to share the gospel, minister powerfully in public schools or give away Christmas gifts for every child in whole villages. In our efforts to reach the urban population, we have rented and filled theaters with unbelievers as we presented the gospel through professional dance. It is evident to us that God is on the move in Romania.

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Serbia

Have you ever wondered where your raspberries are from? Chances are they have been imported from Serbia! Historically, Serbia has been the birthplace of many political world changers – including Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor who first declared Christianity an official religion. Furthermore, Serbia’s national anthem, “God of Justice,” reads like a Psalm of David. In spite of this, shockingly, only 0.6% of Serbians are evangelical Christian.

EI has been ministering in Serbia for ten years, conducting many evangelism and benevolence based outreaches in the Northern region of Subotica and its surrounding areas. EI also ministers in the three largest cities of Serbia, the capital city of Belgrade, Niš, and Novi Sad, bringing the gospel to the streets as well as focusing on the large student population. As in most Eastern European nations, Serbia has been heavily influenced by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Many believe a skewed version of the gospel and it has been our joy to share the liberating truth of grace and relationship with the Serbian people.

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