Connecting in Community
• Europe has the smallest percentage of Evangelicals of any region on Earth – only 2.5 percent (as low as 0.1 percent in some countries)
• It also reports the lowest church-growth rate of anywhere in the world
These are two facts that describe our realities as evangelical citizens of Europe.
For the past five decades Europe has experienced economic growth while experiencing a spiritual, moral and social decline. The evangelical church is marginalized and still considered a sect in many European countries. Most Europeans view Evangelicals as insignificant or irrelevant. Even with these challenges, the evangelical church is growing. In challenging environments, we are working in our communities, looking for ways to connect and make a difference.
In recent days Europe has been in the news due to the political and social turmoil created by rising nationalism and the refugee crisis. These issues are taking a toll on its citizens. I am convinced the people of Europe need the people of God living in their communities and making a difference through humility and service. They should see we are people of God not only in name, but by action as well. It is also an opportunity for the church to respond strategically, and with love and justice. I would ask you to join in prayer for the lives of Europeans to be transformed by the message of hope in Jesus Christ. You may also want to consider a visit to one of our European countries to encourage our churches and leaders.– Josué (Josh) Fajardo, Area Director for Southern Europe