Posts Tagged: Europe

Europe

The Case of Ali

This update has been submitted by Global Initiative colleagues working with refugees in Europe. Names and details have been sensitized to protect those involved. Please join us in prayer for these refugees and those ministering to them.  This is the case of Ali, a 22 years old young man. Ali was brought to us by Mohammed whom we helped with legal information. Mohammed found Ali after he had been sleeping on a bench for a week. He took him to his house that was rented for a few days. When Ali was brought to us, we saw that he was suffering from severe depression and suicidal…

Muslims in Europe: A look at the numbers

Europe has been, and continues to be, in our prayers. Tensions are running high as the region tries to heal from the recent acts of terror in Belgium, France, and Germany and, at the same time, we’re hearing amazing stories of Muslims hearing the Gospel and coming to Christ, thanks to the religious freedoms available in Europe and the willingness of Christ-followers to reach out to them. Check out this study from the Pew Research Center regarding the growth of the Muslim population in Europe, and pray with us that God will continue to use His people to grow His kingdom. 5 facts…

GI Current – Paris and the European Refugee Effort

We’re interviewing our representative in Europe, Craig Mathison, LIVE today at 2pm! Join in below: Did you miss the live stream? You can catch the video on our YouTube channel! Here are the resources Mark mentioned in the broadcast: An Appeal For a Realistic View of Islam Visit JumaaPrayer.org for weekly prayer requests Download the Jumaa Prayer Fellowship app

GI Current: Spotlight on Europe

We enjoyed having special guest Paul Trementozzi, the Regional Director for Europe, with us for our latest GI Current! If you’d like to hear more from our host and fantastic guest, here’s a Europe Missions podcast in which the roles were reversed. Enjoy an episode of “Coffee with Paul” below, and check out other podcasts in iTunes.  

Ministry Update: Mobilization Exposure Trips

Global Initiative Mobilization recently sponsored three summer exposure trips. Here’s a recap. INDONESIA Six students from Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, PA), along with a Global Initiative mentor, ministered with Pastor Jaime Kemp in Jogjakarta. Jamie founded a Chi Alpha campus ministry in this university city that has over 20 colleges with at least six major university campuses. The Chi Alpha ministry has a two-story ministry center called the International English Center. They engage students through conversational English as well as through many other outreaches to the mostly Muslim university students. The team plugged into the Chi Alpha ministry and…

Life in Germany: Lessons in Islam Now Offered

A recent story in The New York Times examined the addition of classes in Islam to some German public schools. The aim of the classes is two-fold: (1) to better integrate Muslims into German society and (2) to counter “the growing influence of radical religious thinking.” Read the full story here. Each of the sixteen German states is responsible for its education system and non-compulsory religious study. Islamic study is available in some form in all former West German states and none of the former East German states (which have fewer Muslim immigrants historically). One teacher took 240 extra hours…

Muslims in the United Kingdom: Women Suffer More From Islamophobic Attacks

A new study, “Maybe We Are Hated,” reports on the impact of Islamophobic attacks in the U.K. Muslim women more than men are more likely to be subjected to such attacks, especially those women who wear a hijab, niqab, or other clothing associated with Islam. The report will be launched in the House of Commons today (11/20) and is intended to “look beyond the statistics and, for the first time, give a voice to the female victims of Islamophobia.” Read the full story from The Guardian here. Twenty women were interviewed for the report that includes actual statements and experiences…

To Consider: Immigration in Europe, What Can We Do?

Many international news headlines are telling the tragic tale of immigrants fighting their way from places of oppression and poverty to places of freedom and opportunity, often spending all of their money paying traffickers to bring them to Europe. The story of the boat that sank off Lampedusa on October 3, killing 360 migrants, continues to unfold. BBC News reports today (11 November 2013) that a Somali man associated with the people traffickers has been arrested for torturing and raping the migrants in the camp in Libya before the boat set sail. In reading these stories every week, we wondering how…

Ministry Update: Say Hello in Europe

Twelve ladies from Oklahoma joined the director of Say Hello: Serving Muslim Women, Lynda Hausfeld, in a European city to collaborate with a local worker in outreach to Muslim women by means of friendship/salon ministry. The main focuses were women in a very conservative suburb and women from another neighborhood who were already journeying to Jesus. Their first outreach was to a group of Muslim women with whom a French believer had already invested substantial time and relationship. She served from a narrow, frugally furnished apartment that the team quickly transformed into a place where a steady stream of Muslim…

Islam in Germany: Germans See Islam as a Threat

A recent survey put together by the Bertelsmann Foundation found that over half of all Germans believe that Islam does not fit into the Western world, according to Deutsche Welle. The survey was done in 13 countries with 14,000 respondents. Read the full story here. “Among the Germans, 85 percent agreed or tended to agree that one should be open towards all religions. They saw most religions as an enrichment, especially Christianity, also Judaism and Buddhism, but a majority of 51 percent saw Islam as a threat.” One author of the study, Detlef Pollack, notes that lack of personal contact between Christians…

Blog Archives