Word of Life Europe is officially working in 16 countries. 400+ full time staff reach out to the young generation with the gospel through camps, dramas and musicals, sports and open air activities. We disciple many young people on a regular basis in kids and youth clubs or individually. More than 180 young people are enrolled in the European WOL Bible Institutes and cross cultural internship programs. We are already working with ministry teams reaching out to 5 additional countries, praying for teams to form. In addition, we hope and pray to start initiatives in 5 more countries in the coming 5 years.
More than 700 million people live in the 57 countries on the Continent of Europe (including Eurasia), 150 millions are younger than 20 years of age. More than 400 (!) languages are spoken, and there is a huge cultural diversity. The mayor belief systems are: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Greek / Russian Orthodoxism, Islam and Atheism / Agnosticism. The evangelical community counts about 2.5% of the whole population and is growing slowly at 1% annually. Europe is shaped by 2.000 years of Christianity, a long history of wars and peace treaties, migration and nationalistic episodes. The last 70 years of peace in north, central and western Europe have resulted in a new generation of people who don't have first hand war experiences any more. Europe's economy is diverse and displays different cultural approaches to life per se. The EU consists of 27 countries (after "Brexit") and form a powerful economic and in parts also a political and legal union. Countries with less economical power profit from the union as well as strong countries. The Schengen area offers free travel of more than 400 million people of 26 States. The current war crisis in Ukraine has shocked the rest of Europe and the world. We are experiencing another flood of refugees in the central and western part of our continent (2 million people in the first two weeks of the war - mainly women and children). Potentially, we have to prepare for a tsunami within the next two months of up to 10 million displaced Ukrainians going west that will have lost nearly everything. Thank you so much for praying and supporting our efforts of receiving them with Christian love, care and sharing the hope that no one can take from them: Jesus. Many ways of connecting and reaching out to other countries (like the "-stan" region) are at stake through this as well.