Could it be that the small nation of Switzerland is strategic in God’s plan to reach the countries of Europe? And even beyond Europe, could reaching the 8.5 million residents of Switzerland — just over one tenth of one percent of the world’s total population — with the gospel be an incendiary spark for reaching people around the world? Bob and Erin Stetz, Assemblies of God missionaries, aim to find out — with a bold vision and an innovative strategy.
The western world — encompassing parts of Europe, North America, and Australasia — is often characterized by individualism, a desire for freedom from restraints, and even outright selfishness. Discover how you can be a part of reaching Westerners with the message of God’s love.
Matthew and Marsena Cunningham find themselves at the center of a strategic opportunity to serve the Lord in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read about their exciting work already in progress for the completion of the Great Commission in our generation and find out how you can join them in their innovative approach to planting a birthing church in this strategic city.
Zach and Carrie Brinegar never saw themselves as church planters. But over time, the Lord led them to believe that church planting is the most effective way of spreading the gospel. And for the last twelve years, they have proclaimed the message of Jesus’ love to those who have never heard the gospel, first in Northern Asia. Now, with God’s direction, they are moving to Vienna, Austria to plant a church in a city whose population of 1.8 million people is 25% atheist and only 0.5% evangelical.
FROM THE GOSPEL COALITION:
The Evangelical Church is Growing in Ireland
According to an article written by Jonny Grant and Patti Richter for The Gospel Coalition entitled Reaching Ireland for Christ — Again, only about 0.5 percent of the Republic of Ireland’s population is evangelical and it is the least evangelized country in Europe. At the same time, there have been signs of progress in the wake of the Catholic charismatic renewal in the 1970’s an an influx of missionaries from the United States and Northern Ireland in the 1980’s. Those factors contributed to the establishment and growth of gospel-centered churches scattered throughout the Republic of Ireland. Today there are over 240 evangelical churches with an average attendance of about 80 people. And now, Irish evangelicals are catching a vision to plant churches where Christ is not yet known and to support Christian workers in other countries. Click the button below to read the rest of the story!
FROM THE GOSPEL COALITION:
Proclaiming the Message of Jesus in a Preacher’s Graveyard
In a March 2017 article entitled Europe’s Most Godless Country May Surprise You, Gunnar Gunnarsson tells the story of how he and his wife, Svava Maria, began planting a church in downtown Reykjavík, Iceland — a place a former minister told him was a “preacher’s graveyard.” The church Gunnar and his wife planted — Loftstofan Baptist Church — has an overarching vision to plant reproducing churches throughout Iceland. Click the button below to read the rest of the story!
What an immense opportunity for the servants of Jesus to build friendships with those in emotional need and ultimately, to share the old, old story of Jesus and his love with old, lonely people — not only in the United Kingdom, but throughout the western world where the elderly are often discarded and ignored.