Markus Engel – Project Germany
When I moved back to Germany after one year of studying theology at Moody Bible Institute – Spokane, the so called “refugee crisis” in the Western European countries was at its height. In only a few months, many thousands of people entered Germany, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa. In the last two years, quite a few refugees with muslim backgrounds became Christians, which had a deep impact on all German churches.
I was born and raised in Germany, and currently I am a student of theology at the Giessen School of Theology, as well as assistant pastor of a small church plant in Frankfurt, which consists of 50% immigrants/refugees. I believe that a primary need of the new converts is theological education. It is crucial that they are able to understand more and more of the difference between Islam and the gospel as they grow in their faith in order to remain steadfast when faced with opposition. Such learning and growth can only happen safely inside the Church as a community of believers.
Here in Germany, the Church is faced with many people who want to learn what Christians really believe. Due to the refugee movement, we are able to share Christ with people from countries in which any kind of mission work is currently very difficult. This creates many unique opportunities and challenges for the Church. Our hope and prayer is that we see more and more of Rev 7:9 become reality in all churches in Europe and across the globe so that people from many nations, tribes and languages will worship God together in unity.
Our goal for the project in Frankfurt, Germany, for the fall of 2017 is to strengthen such communities and churches. We want to do that by helping to teach classes, which take on various topics of theology and the Bible and make them applicable for daily living, as well as by helping to further prayer among those communities of faith and by helping refugees and immigrants in their daily needs.
Please join us in prayer for the Church in Europe so that it may become a beacon of hope and grace through the Good News of Jesus Christ!