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15 April 2013

Thousands of European students responding to the gospel

Thousands of European students responding to the gospel

The Fellowship of Evangelists in the Universities of Europe (FEUER) is proclaiming the gospel to thousands of students all over the continent as part of an evangelistic campaign to hold 25 university missions in 25 major cities in 25 countries in 25 months.

In direct contradiction to mainstream media reports of dying Christianity in Europe, many university students in each city are both hearing and responding to the gospel.

One mission week in Serbia alone saw more than 1,700 students crowded into an auditorium to hear an evangelistic message and a further 35,000 more following on the internet.

After 90 missions in UK universities, with hundreds making professions of faith or signing up for further discussions, the past six months have seen the first ever university missions held in Poland, Romania, Armenia and Malta (where the mission attracted the attention of the Maltese prime minister and was featured on national news).

The group of some of Europe's brightest young evangelists are speaking publicly to students and engaging in apologetic dialogue. They work with local university Christian unions to host events and gatherings such as 'Grill a Christian' on a Friday lunchtime.

FEUER is a joint initiative of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) and the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) and is led by Lindsay Brown, international director of the Lausanne Movement, Richard Cunningham, director of UCCF, and Martin Haizmann, IFES Europe regional secretary.

Over the next few months, mission weeks are planned in Germany, Italy, Albania, and Denmark.

Lindsay Brown, director of the FEUER Network, said: "FEUER is bearing remarkable fruit right across Europe. Hundreds of students are coming to Christ and the next generation of public evangelists are being trained to follow in the footsteps of Michael Green, Roger Carswell and Jurgen Spiess. These are exciting times. Please pray for us."

In Poland more than 900 people attended the 'Something More Than' festival in November. One participant said: "I expected to leave after 15 minutes, but I stayed till the end. I expected to be preached at, but I listened to an interesting lecture and wise reflections on life."

In Albania, students finally got permission to hold one of their events within the university. A famous Christian singer spoke, and 130 students attended with more than 250 students hearing the gospel during the entire mission week."We have never seen Albanians reaching other Albanians on such a large scale before" said Zef, the IFES general secretary there.

For more visit: http://ifesworld.org