You’re right; Europe is not the third world. But just because the culture and landscape are different does not mean the need is any less significant than in the world’s most impoverished nations.
Although the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, I think some of the statistics of the faith culture in Europe today may be surprising…
-There are 4 million-less Christians now than there were in 2001.
-There has been a 90% decline in the number of young people under the age of 20 attending church over the last 20 years.
-39% of churches have no one attending under 11 years old.
-49% of churches have no one attending between 11-14 years old.
-59% churches have no attending between 15-19 years old.
-In order for the French population to have reasonable access to the Gospel, 4,192 churches would need to be planted today.
-There are 15 evangelical bookstores in the whole of Italy – which is one bookstore for every 4 million Italians.
-52% of East Germany identifies as ‘atheist.’ This same survey failed to find 1 person under 28 years old who believed in God.
These facts are only a snapshot. And certainly do not speak to the whole scope of the need. But one thing is certain: ‘…the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)
No matter the culture, our deepest need is right relationship with God.
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