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Praying for Europe

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Below is the most recent one.

European Peoples Monthly Newsletter, IMB

The following stories come from IMB workers serving as Apprentices, meaning they are serving their first term (usually 3 years) of a career of missionary service. For more information visit: http://www.imb.org/go/serving.aspx#Apprentice/Career


by an IMB worker in Germany

God keeps growing our group that meets at a Starbucks. It’s been amazing to see how the Lord saved a guy from the first group. When the group came back together after Christmas the entire group was from his friendship circle. Together, we are intentionally using his network as a platform and try to reach new people and form new groups.


by an IMB worker in Italy

The Lord continues to give us opportunities to share the gospel despite our language barrier. My language partner, who is also our neighbor, came over for dinner with our family around Easter. After dinner and after the kids went to bed, she asked what we do to celebrate Easter and we began telling her how we start the weekend celebrating Passover on the Thursday before. This opened the door for a conversation regarding theology and Christianity that lasted over two hours. Although a typical young post-modern, she had many questions and was very interested in our beliefs. We read the Bible together—both in Italian and English. We also showed her an evangelistic video on YouTube, Falling Plates. Please pray for this relationship to continue to grow and that the Spirit would draw this friend to Himself.


by an IMB worker serving among the Roma

This term has been busy: we moved, continued in seminary, endured a parasitic infection, made some great friends. It has been a busy but sweet time. Being here in our new location feels wonderful. We are no longer commuter missionaries. There is a large population of Roma right here in our new location which I did not even know about until last week. We have experienced disappointment and joy. There is now a core group of Roma believers. It seems like change is the only thing that is constant in the lives of Roma. Just when we get excited about a new believer or house group the people move. With all that said it has been awesome to be a part of what God is doing among the Roma people. I am grateful for this opportunity!


by an IMB worker in the Southern Europe

My teammate’s landlord shared with me at the beginning of last month that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He had lost quite a bit of weight and looked pale. I prayed with him in front of his house and didn’t see him again for several weeks. Last week when I talked to him he said, “You’re my brother,” and that the prayer I prayed worked. His cancer is in remission and he is looking better. I said praise the Lord, giving credit and glory to God. A few days after that my teammate and I were able to share the gospel with him. I hope being faced with his own mortality and the hope we have in Christ, he will soon receive the gift of forgiveness, reconciliation, salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.














Big Prayers for Big Places

As you probably know, Russia is geographically the largest country on earth! And its capital city, Moscow, is the largest city in Europe (over 15 million inhabitants).  These big places are on the hearts of our IMB workers and their national and stateside partners. But most people don’t think about the fact that there are also a myriad of unreached and/or unengaged people groups, who make their home within the borders of Russia.

Many of these faces, we wouldn’t readily recognize as people who might live in this amazing country. The largest of these groups are the Chuvash, numbering over 2 million people, about a third of whom live in the Republic of Chuvashia. Many in the republic have mixed Russian and Chuvash ethnicity and often claim to be both or don’t distinguish between the two.

Four years ago, God called a believer from Mississippi to begin serving among the people of this formerly unengaged unreached people group. Moving to the capital city of Cheboksary with a population of just under half a million, this man from Mississippi started sharing Christ by giving the message of hope to any who would listen. Today there is an active group that gathers weekly to reach the unreached. From this group two home Bible study groups have formed.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for these groups in Cheboksary to continue in their focus of reaching and sharing the good news of Christ.
  • Intercede that Chuvash believers will take up the call to reach their family, neighbors, and friends for Christ.
  • Pray for the health concerns of the man from Mississippi, as he continues to cast a vision among the young believers in Cheboksary to see a new church begin in the year ahead.

Ethnic costumes in Russia; Chuvash on far right.

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Moving to the capital city of Cheboksary with a population of just under half a million, this man from Mississippi started sharing Christ by giving the message of hope to any who would listen.
March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSedif

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