More than 3,000 students, graduates and staff met in Germany for the IFES Europe student evangelism conference, Revive, in December 2019. Delegates came from 38 European countries as well as Africa, Asia, and closed countries. It began with a dream of seeing a generation come together from every corner of Europe to pursue revival in the university world and beyond. More than 20 other Christian student ministries in Europe partnered with IFES Europe in dreaming, planning and praying. Please pray for revival and for the young people inspired by the event to seek opportunities to share Christ with their friends.
A recently renovated disused post office building houses The Patchwork Center in Schwerin. It is multi-functional and includes a community café, workshop space, music and function rooms. The café and workshop space are managed with the help of local people. The European Christian Mission (ECM) team aims to bring people closer to the gospel through its diverse activities, where everyone is welcome, where anyone can participate and where everyone can encounter Jesus at their own pace. Please pray for one man: his body is full of tattoos which express how many bad things have happened in his life. He has a very broken past, but every day he is in the Patchwork Center, and that means that his future might be beautiful; only God can do that.
Recently, over 200 Christian lawyers drawn from across Europe (and a few from further afield) gathered in Berlin to deepen their knowledge of God, build relationships with one another and to be strengthened to be salt and light in their communities. Many came alone, knowing only a few, and for some not even one, other Christian lawyers in their community or country. Please pray that each of these delegates would return home with a fresh vision of God’s heart for justice and their call to serve him in their church, community and legal institutions.
Recently a Kurdish refugee couple in Rostock started to come to church and brought other Kurds living in the same refugee centre with them. ECM worker Klaus started to translate the sermons into English which were then translated into Kurdish, but it was noisy at the back, so they wished for the miracle of Pentecost! But then, Klaus found a computer app, and in the service he now sits and types what is said, or phrases from the songs, and the refugee friends can read it translated into their language on their smartphones, almost like watching a film with subtitles! Praise God for the technology to break through language barriers, and ask that more Kurds would come to Christ through the church in Germany.
In eastern Germany, communism and, after that, economic difficulties, have left deep marks in the spiritual lives of the people. The Christian faith has been pushed to the margins of society. Many people don't know what the gospel is all about, oblivious to its message of hope. In the southwest of the country there are a large number of refugees, with several religious backgrounds, trying to build new lives. Pray that while supporting them in tackling the difficulties in their lives, we will help them to find a new life in the gospel that transcends all cultural differences. Our desire is that they will be a shining light, not only for their community, but also for the Germans.
‘Think… about what you have never thought of before’ - this was the motto of the recent outreach of SMD Germany at Tübingen University. On three evenings, between 400 and 500 people came to discuss issues rarely raised on campus: finances, advertising, and incarnation in art, music and entertainment. Mission weeks like this one have happened throughout Germany on university campuses since the summer. Activities vary but the goal is always the same: to make Jesus the subject of conversation on campus. Pray for Christian university students as they seek to live lives that motivate people not only to think and talk about Jesus, but most importantly, to get to know him.
Population: 82,175,700 (2015)
Official languages: German
GDP (PPP) per capita: $48,111 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 80 years
Religions: 32% Protestant, 31% Catholic, 30% Agnostic or Atheist, 5% Muslim, 4% other religions