Who’s missing … Who’s mission?

Belgium is a land with tall, glass buildings and stone castles. There are large, modern urban centers and small villages almost lost in time. If Belgium were a state in the United States, it would rank as the 8th largest in population with a total population of just over 10.5 million. In regards to size, it would be the 42nd largest of the states. Yet it is the center of European commerce and power.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is headquartered in Belgium. The European Union, comprised of 27 member nations with a combined population of 498 million, has its headquarters in Belgium. Drive through the country and you will find offices from many of the Fortune 500 companies and almost every international business giant has a presence here.

Cathedrals, monuments, castles, stately halls of government, quaint villages, when they have all crumbled, where will the people stand? Soon Christ will come. The question is, “how many Belgians will be standing with Him?”

In an area thought to be the heart of Christianity, why do we need more churches and people intentionally taking the Good News to the residents? The people are educated and free. Cathedrals and beautiful churches dot the landscape. People often ask, “Why do we need another church in Western Europe?”

Christianity in Europe is on the decline and perhaps mortally sick. Western Europe is the only region in the world where the percentage of the population considered Evangelical Christian is declining. In some international areas, Christianity is growing dramatically. In other areas, the growth is much smaller, but it is growing. In Europe, only 5-6% of the population still has some connection to any church tradition.

Belgium is culturally Catholic. However, the cultural Catholicism is rapidly secularizing. Although 90% would be classified as Catholic, attendance at mass has plummeted to 11% of the population, and the Church faces four major crises — declining commitment, waning influence, lack of students in seminaries and mass defections.

The Protestant Church is only now recovering from the destruction of its 600 congregations by the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th Century. It has hardly grown over the past 30 years. The National Intelligence Council estimates that Western Europe’s Muslim population, which is now as high as 20 million, will more than double by 2025. Coupled with an aging and secular indigenous population, signals one of the greatest cultural and population shifts on the face of the planet.

So how would you define the spiritual climate in Belgium? They are living in pockets of lostness, hidden behind cultural, physical, political and ideological barriers to the Gospel. The Bible describes them as living in darkness, alienated from God and without hope in the world. Could we be one of the barriers to reaching the Belgians? The loss of a sense of urgency and personal responsibility hinders the spread of the Gospel in Belgium. God is calling and pointing to the need.

Our obedience will give them hope. Our lack of obedience will allow them to slip even farther into the darkness. God calls every church and every believer to be on mission with Him to break down the barriers. Through prayer, volunteering and strategic partnerships in Belgium, you and your church can help bring a lost people into God’s family.

Jesus challenges us with these words.

“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” (John 4:35-38 ESV)

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:7-14 ESV)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mat 28:19-20 ESV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Act 1:8)

How will they hear unless someone tells them? How will they hear unless you are an active part of telling His Story in this place?

Are you willing to sacrifice your time, talent, energy, gifts and other resources to bring the Good News to this place? If so, you are desperately needed. If you are hearing the call and willing to step up and answer, please let us know and we can help you get plugged into the need here.