The Increase and Spread in Europe
In 1991, Brother Lee charged the saints to go to Europe in a new way (see The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord’s Move, p. 47). This new way is the God-ordained way to meet and to serve according to God’s New Testament economy. For a number of years the saints have been exercising to practice this new way in Europe. This has led to a significant increase and spread of the Lord’s recovery in this part of the earth. There are currently seventy-six churches in twenty-three countries in Europe, with an additional sixty-one cities in Europe in which saints are meeting but have not yet begun to take the Lord’s table. The saints in Rome, Italy will have their first Lord’s table meeting on June 17th of this year. In these past ten years, the number of saints has increased nearly five-fold. As a result, both the number of churches and the number of European countries in which there are churches has doubled. We expect the Lord’s blessing and anticipate that these numbers will continue to increase as new lampstands are raised up in the coming years.
We believe that the Lord’s blessing is largely due to the one accord among the saints, the spreading of the divine truths, the emigration of the saints, and the practice of the God-ordained way in small vital groups. As saints have migrated to new cities across Europe, a significant number of university students have entered into the church life. During the European university conference in November of last year, a number of students who were attending for the first time had come as a result of the labor of the saints that had migrated to these new cities.
Many saints have picked up the burden for the spreading of the Lord’s testimony to other European cities. A number of homes have been purchased or rented close to university campuses, and these have been instrumental in the Lord’s move in these cities. We are burdened that more homes could be acquired in line with the fellowship given to us by Brother Lee. This involves a team moving near a university with at least four saints, including a couple between the ages of thirty and fifty (see The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord’s Move, p. 48).
Emigrating to Europe to Study or Work and serve the Lord
In The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord’s Move, Brother Lee also recommends that “Some can emigrate there to take a job or do a business and serve the Lord…Some can emigrate there to study in a school and serve the Lord. I would recommend that some go there to be ‘professional students’…I believe that some students who go to Europe can bear new fruit monthly like the tree of life in the New Jerusalem” (p. 47). To assist those who have the burden to emigrate to Europe as a student or working one, we are currently developing a website, emigratetoeurope.eu. This site will give detailed information about specific cities and universities that the saints are burdened for, including the current situation in the church life. This site will also provide information about language and degree programs, as well as visas such as student visas, entrepreneur and exceptional talent visas, and include testimonies of saints who have already emigrated to Europe as students or working ones.
The young people in Europe are continuing to give themselves to be trained. During the Autumn 2011 term, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom were the European countries represented by trainees attending the full-time training in London. There were twenty-four first-term trainees, the majority of whom are brothers from Europe. We feel that this is the Lord’s answer to the prayers of many saints around the globe by taking a further step to raise up something solid among the Europeans. May the Lord continue to raise up the next generation in His recovery.
A series of one-week trainings held in November 2010 and May and November 2011 at Bower House in London have also been invaluable in helping the saints and those they are caring for to be immersed into the deeper truths and to learn to speak them. A number of the attendees were initially radio listeners and Rhema recipients. Others were seeking believers who were brought by saints who recently migrated to new cities. Because of the open hearts of the attendees and their willingness to be trained, the Lord has had a way to accomplish much blending and building among the saints in Europe. The one-week trainings will continue this Spring with four sessions beginning 30 April and 7, 14, and 21 May on the subject: “The Four Great Pillars in the Lord’s Recovery—Truth, Life, the Church, and the Gospel.”
The Spreading of the Ministry
Over the past ten years, the ministry has been spread widely in many countries in Europe, mainly through the free mass distribution carried out by Rhema, through radio broadcasts, and through the sale of ministry publications. This has resulted in thousands of seekers being contacted and a significant number being added to the church life. Since 1999, most of the increase in Europe has been the result of the spread of the ministry.
To meet the needs of the seekers in Europe, a two-story building was purchased last year in the heart of London. This building has now been remodeled and opened as a bookshop and café.
Our burden is to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in which to distribute the ministry. More than five hundred thousand Londoners were born in another European country, and more than one hundred thousand Londoners were born in the Middle East. With this in mind, we would like to make the ministry available in the twenty-three European languages in which it is currently published: Albanian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. The ministry is currently being translated and will soon be published in Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Serbian, and Slovene. Additionally, some non-European languages are available, including Hebrew, Arabic, and Chinese.
The new property is very close to several key Railroad and Underground stations, including King’s Cross St. Pancras (the Eurostar station from which trains travel several times a day to continental Europe), Euston, and Angel. Directly in front of the shop there is also a bus stop that services all these stations. Yearly traffic through these stations exceeds that of Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in Europe, and is expected to increase by approximately fifty percent during the London 2012 Summer Olympics. There are also many universities, a number of university residence halls, and the open homes of the saints nearby. We expect this bookshop to be a gathering place for appointments with students throughout the day, as well as a means for sowing the ministry into the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond. We are praying that this facility will be fully used unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ.
We thank the Lord that He has opened up the way ordained by Him to beget, nourish, perfect, and build up the seeking ones in Europe. May we continue to receive His mercy and supply to continue to co-labor with Him for His testimony.
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