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?
In Europe, summer is a unique and busy season for believers. Summer provides exciting opportunities to meet and reach new people. The warm weather brings people outside to parks and cafes. Children are on school break, so parks are full, kids are wild, and opportunities abound to share the good news. Believers use this time to focus on gifting the Word in various forms. In European cities, believers arm themselves with books, smiles, and the Spirit as they go out to meet new people and share the good news.
Some European churches host kids’ clubs that provide safe places for children to play, hear the good news, and spend time with believers. Their parents have similar opportunities, and relationships forged from these clubs can lead to friendships, incredible gospel conversations, and new believers.
Join us in praying during month of July over the faithful believers who are the hands and feet of Jesus to NAME peoples in Europe. Don’t forget to pray for these believers, that they will not grow weary of doing good (Gal. 6:9) during this busy season. Ask mighty things of our mighty God and pray that many will become sons and daughters of the King this summer.
“There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.” Ps. 86:8-10 ESV
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