There are currently over 25 million Muslims in Europe (projected to be between 35 and 75 million by the year 2050). Multiplying year after year, the Muslim population in Europe is significantly growing. As immigrants and asylum seekers from countries all over North Africa and the Middle East flood into almost all of its countries, the face of Europe is changing in many ways. What it means to be a European is changing. Politics and government are changing. Religion is changing. The future of many European countries is changing.
With these changes come many challenges. But, as Muslims fill European countries, there is also an incredible opportunity for us as believers.
Coming from closed countries to open ones, God is orchestrating this migration: “so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:27). Muslims in Europe are in a place where they can freely have the gospel shared with them! And Muslims who give their life to Jesus are able to impactfully reach their friends and families still living in those closed countries.
What some see as an inconvenience or even a threat, in so many Muslims migrating to Europe, is being used to spark a movement of Muslims giving their lives to Jesus and it is our prayer that that movement will multiply!
So how do you factor into this? What impact can you make on the changing face of Europe?
We believe that every great movement begins with great prayer. So we want you to help us pray through this entire year for God to change the hearts of Muslims as the face of Europe changes. Each month we will focus on a specific way that the Muslim migration is changing different European countries and give you ways to partner with us in prayer. Will you join us in praying for the Muslims in Europe?
God has given churches in Europe wonderful opportunities to reach NAME peoples who may not have access to the gospel in their home countries. What a stunning picture of God’s sovereignty, that even war, famine, and poverty would be utilized to bring gospel access to every tongue, tribe, and nation.
However, once NAME peoples are in proximity to churches, there are challenges in reaching them. Refugees have enormous needs that can overwhelm churches. Language barriers can be another issue, especially for women, who often don’t learn the host language as quickly as the men because they don’t work outside the home. Men work difficult hours, making contact and building relationships a struggle.
Despite the challenges, the Lord continues to show himself faithful to his people as they walk by faith. As the Church reaches out in love, compassion, kindness, and peace, NAME peoples catch a glimpse of our wonderful God. As men and women follow Jesus, believers can disciple and train them to plant churches that worship God in their heart languages.
Jesus’ last words to his disciples are familiar to many. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20).
Jesus gave these commands to the future leaders of the Church. The church’s mission is to go in Jesus’ authority, share the gospel, make disciples, baptize them, and teach them what Jesus taught. How is all this accomplished? Through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, promised to us until the end of the age.
Pray with us this month for the churches and people of God who live side by side with NAME peoples in their communities. Ask the Lord to give them boldness, wisdom, creativity, and love to step across culture and language to show and share God’s love.
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