Europeans need the Lord! Over 97% of the people of Europe do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. They trust in themselves, their governments, their jobs, their families, their education, but they don’t turn to the Lord. Those who are “religious” follow church traditions and rituals instead of the truth found in the Bible. Western Europeans tend to be post-modern in their thinking and Eastern Europeans are still influenced by the ideals of their former communist, atheistic governments. A fresh wind is beginning to blow across these nations, however, and slowly, one by one, people are placing their faith in Christ. Some of their stories are told in the new prayer guide for European Peoples (available on http://imbeurope.org.) Much intercession is still needed, however, to open additional hearts and to allow the gospel to flow freely among Europeans. Please join the EUROPEAN PEOPLES AFFINITY GROUP on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 for a DAY OF PRAYER for European Peoples. Petition that many Europeans will recognize their need for a Savior, place their faith in Christ, and follow Him in obedience.
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Do you like to party? The Portuguese in Belgium certainly do. This long-established community is proud of both their heritage and their newly-adopted home. Portuguese bookshops, trade unions, and cultural associations exist in Brussels. A bi-cultural people, the Portuguese in Belgium love to work, raise their family, and play hard. Especially connected to pop culture, video-games, movies, and the internet, the Portuguese have some of the highest internet-usage per capita of any European peoples. Intercede that Christian workers will explore new forms of evangelization through social media and online presence to reach this group. Pray that the Portuguese in Belgium will fall deeply in love with God and channel their energy into worshipping Him.
The annual conference for special needs workers will be May 20-24. This year it will be held in four locations in order to accommodate more people. Join members of the BLACK SEA ORTHODOX CLUSTER, BELARUS) in asking that the leaders will have stamina and energy as they travel to the various places.
Pray for a team of 20 from Mississippi, who will work in the Kharkov Region (Ukraine) from May 18-24. While part of the team will be involved in construction in one church for the week, the remaining members will provide medical and VBS outreach in three different cities. Intercede for those who will have the opportunity to respond to the love of Christ as shared through the hands and hearts of this team, and for the Ukrainian believers, who will work alongside them in each community. Pray for safety for the construction crew. Intercede that the hearts and minds of the believers in each of these churches will be uplifted and that they will continue the work of reaching out to those who are not yet followers of Jesus in their cities.
A couple working with the DIASPORA CLUSTER in ITALY share, “Nine of the top 22 Unreached, Unengaged People Groups (UUPGs) in the European Affinity are related to Italy or Italians. For this reason, we just relocated to Milan, Italy. Please pray for the movement of the Spirit among these UUPG’s and for US churches that might possibly embrace them and begin churches among them. Also lift us up as we build relationships in our neighborhood, as well as across Italian borders in Switzerland, France and Germany. Pray that our language skills will be sharpened quickly and that we will sense and obey God’s leadership in our new setting.”