Helen Williams of World Missionary Press noticed a very completely different scene in Europe.
“[In Finland] there were vibrant young people from Helsinki, as well as from Africa, totally involved in the worship service [and] eager to serve,” she recounts. “In Sweden, there were several young men and a couple of young ladies that were involved in the street ministry.”
Passing the baton
Earlier this summer time, Williams met many younger Gospel employees whereas visiting WMP companions in Finland, Norway, Romania, and Sweden. Some companions she knew solely by way of e mail.
“I met people that I have been contact with by email for 20 years here at World Missionary Press,” Williams says. “[People who] have been serving the Lord and receiving our booklets, sending them out, giving them out and sharing them.”
Like a relay runner palms the baton to his or her teammate, older generations will in the future go away ministry within the palms of youthful successors. As Williams fellowshipped with companions and visited their church buildings, she observed the keenness of youthful believers. They weren’t ready to take up the mantle of ministry – they have been already lively in service.
“We met young street preachers,” she says. “Particularly in Sweden, we met young people out on the street just sharing [the Gospel] and challenging people.”
Williams says God is elevating up a brand new mission-minded technology in Europe. “We saw commitment,” she says of European believers, referencing articles like this which describe declining church participation amongst U.S. Millennials and Gen Z.
“I think that’s purely of the Spirit and genuine. It comes from the Lord touching the heart that’s willing to yield.”
In Romania, for instance, “there were young families that were willing to give up their homes and move and take on the challenge [of] reaching Romanians in a different context, a different kind of living situation,” she remembers.
“It was just encouraging for us to see that there is an interest (among young people) because… we can’t always do this (missions work).”
As described right here, WMP prints and mails Scripture booklets that believers can use to share the Gospel. “Our booklets only cost about three-and-a-half to four cents to print, so even $1 will provide 25 booklets. In many cases, more than one person reads a booklet,” Williams says.
“There’s nothing too small that you could send that we couldn’t use.”
“This is just part of what we’re trying to do in Europe,” Williams provides. “We’re also looking to set up a sub-distribution point perhaps in Italy, or maybe in Portugal.”
Whereas donating helps produce and ship WMP booklets, “our first request is always for prayer,” Williams says. Reward God for opening non secular doorways all through Europe. Ask Him to equip and encourage younger believers as they make His reality recognized.
Pray WMP leaders could have knowledge and discernment as they solidify plans and make selections.
“We need a lot of wisdom right now. We don’t want to just barge in because it looks like a good idea.”
Header picture courtesy of Nina Strehl through Unsplash.