Friday, October 24
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What is the idea of Europe? European Union leaders promote a Europe of peace, freedom, democracy, prosperity, and justice. Geography matters less. To be European is to subscribe to these values, but what is the source of European values?
Many Christians might see Europe as a shipwreck of faith. A 2009 Gallup poll showed that 7 of the 11 least-religious countries in the world were in Europe. Today’s Europe is diverse: 44 million (6 percent) Muslims and 10–12 million Roma people live in Europe. Historic churches seem fragile and irrelevant in an aggressive secular culture. So what is the role of faithful Christian witness today?
A genuine missionary encounter between the gospel and today’s European culture requires exposing all beliefs in the light of the gospel. Missiologist Lesslie Newbigin said that the Christian church must be both humble and bold in its encounter with Western secular culture: humble as a learner, paying heed to the variety of human experience in ethnically diverse Europe, but also bold in its witness to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Conference of European Churches: Rev. Dr Guy Liagre, gen. secretary • World Communion of Reformed Churches: Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi, general secretary, Rev. Dr. Douwe Visser, exec. secretary for theology and communion, Ms. Kristine Greenaway, exec. secretary for communications, Mr. Yueh Cho, financial secretary, Ms. Penny Blachut, admin. secretary, Ms. Daphne Martin-Gnanadason, admin. secretary • World Council of Churches: Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary • Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe: Doris Peschke, general secretary • Reformed Church of Albania (Presbyterian): Rev. Altin Hysi and Rev. Zefjan Nikolla, copastors • Autocephalos Orthodox Church of Albania: His Beatitude Anastasias Yanoloutos, archbishop • Albanian Evangelical Alliance • Inter-Confessional Bible Society of Albania: Rev. Altin Hysi, general secretary • InterVarsity/International Fellowship of Evangelical Students: Zefjan Nikolla, general director • United Protestant Church of France: Rev. Laurent Schlumberger, president, Rev. Didier Crouzet, general secretary, Rev. Claire Sixt-Gateuille, secretary for international and ecumenical relations • Greek Evangelical Church: Rev. Phaedon Cambouropoulos, general secretary • Evangelical Reformed Church in Poland: Rev. Marek Izdebski, bishop, Rev. Semko Koroza, ecumenical and international relations secretary • Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal: Rev. Jose Salvador, president, Mr. Fernando Matos, vice president, Dr. David Valente, general secretary, Victor Baptisto, treasurer • Spanish Evangelical Church: Elder Joel Cortés, president, Rev. Jose Mochon, vice president, Rev. Carlos Capo, first secretary, Elder Gloria Castell, second secretary, Mr. David Casal Harrang, treasurer, Ms. Damaris Ruiz and Mr. Richardo Moraleja, members-at-large of the Synod Council • United Evangelical Theological Seminary, Spain: Rev. Dr. Jonathan Rowe, director • Reformed Church in Transcarpathia: Bishop Sandor Zan Fabian • Diaconal Center, Ukraine: Bela Nagy, director • Roma Mission Center, Csonkapapi, Ukraine: Attila Tomes, director • Evangelical Baptist Union of Ukraine: Rev. Dr. Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
April Simmons, BOP
Let us pray
Dear Lord, ruler of all nations, make our woeful hearts sing. Empower us to be faithful witnesses to the truth of the gospel. Give us the grace to bear one another as we encounter a world that seems to be slipping away from the vision of the kingdom you have promised us. Amen.