This summer, MC has quite a few summer missionaries serving in every corner of our country and all over the world. Many people are aware of several of the locations in which summer missionaries are serving this year, such as Haiti and the many countries of Africa. However, many people, including myself, haven’t heard God is doing in other areas of the world. So, Here’s an update about what He is doing in Eastern Europe through one of MC’s summer missionaries!
The Church in Eastern Europe
Kristina Chambers, an MC student, is serving in Eastern Europe this summer, for the second summer in a row, to help build up the church in this part of the world. This area is steeped in tradition, so much so that the truth behind religion is almost completely overlooked and forgotten. The primary church denomination is Orthodox, however, many people are not considered devout in their beliefs, because the church is more a part of their history and national tradition than a life-changing element of their lives. Not that evangelism is about numbers, but out of this country’s population of 2.5 Million, only around 500 people are proclaimed believers.
To bring Christ to this vast amount of lost people, Kristina gets to work with the church in two different aspects. One of these settings she calls a “church-building” setting, much like an American church, and the other is a house church setting, much like the early churches as described by Paul in Acts. These house churches are the ones that are growing the most in Eastern Europe. Kristina calls the church “intense and edifying” even though it is in a completely different language.
How Kristina is Serving:
- Teaching ESL twice a week to the Roma people
- Spending time with a local youth group at a church
- Building relationships with people there
- Supporting families stationed their on the field
- Helping to prepare for a team coming to put on Vacation Bible School and English Clubs in Eastern Europe
What That You Can Pray
- The Orthodox Church has completely blinded the people from the idea of owning a Bible, much less reading it. People trust the priests and pray to the idols, hoping that their lifestyle is enough. Pray that these people would know their need for Christ and that they would see that they can have a personal relationship with Him.
- The Roma people do not always feel as compassion towards their fellow countrymen, so it is difficult for new believers or those seeking out Christ to love and outreach to their neighbors.
- Pray for Kristina that she would ” be in the Word daily, learn to be more like our Savior, and love these people despite their faults, seeing them as Christ does.”
I hope God widens your heart and your eyes to this group of people in need of Him. Kristina has an awesome blog about her journey, and you should read it! All of these pictures came from her blog. Thanks for the update Kristina!
Check out Kristina’s Blog Here!