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While the Christian Church in North America continues to mass-produce gymnasiums, stadiums, atriums, and chic cafés, it's both convicting and refreshing to read about the makeshift orphanages, hospitals, clinics, and schools being put together in Eastern Europe. (We used to do that; what happened?)

Click through to be inspired by what's happening to help these dear people displaced by the intense conflict in Ukraine. Greater Europe Mission - Canada is doing some incredible work and I'm proud to partner with them in it through prayer and finances. Can you consider helping, too?
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Posted withregram • gemissionca The amount of love and support the world has been showing Ukraine through their adversity has been inspiring. Although there are currently no GEM workers serving within Ukraine, labourers in the surrounding countries have been working tirelessly with the waves of incoming refugees. Many of the GEM workers who have stepped up are doing so alongside partnering agencies, showcasing a beautiful display of unity within the global church.

Interestingly, the countries seeing the most action have some of Europe’s highest number of believers. “Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine had some of the highest percentages of evangelical Christians before this conflict [ranging from 3-5% of the population],” GEM missionary Dwight Poggemiller states. “There’s not only a significant number of believers there, but they’re also very united… and it’s been a great example of the body of Christ working in unity and reaching out with Christ’s love.”

The people of Ukraine who have fled, now in the range of over 5 million people, depend on the compassion of strangers. This has become an amazing opportunity for the church to step up and show Christ’s love to those desperate for hope.

...to read stories from Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Spain, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “Practical and Spiritual Support of Ukrainian Refugees.”

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Instagram post 17912712932384593 The amount of love and support the world has been showing Ukraine through their adversity has been inspiring. Although there are currently no GEM workers serving within Ukraine, labourers in the surrounding countries have been working tirelessly with the waves of incoming refugees. Many of the GEM workers who have stepped up are doing so alongside partnering agencies, showcasing a beautiful display of unity within the global church.
 
Interestingly, the countries seeing the most action have some of Europe’s highest number of believers. “Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine had some of the highest percentages of evangelical Christians before this conflict [ranging from 3-5% of the population],” GEM missionary Dwight Poggemiller states. “There’s not only a significant number of believers there, but they’re also very united… and it’s been a great example of the body of Christ working in unity and reaching out with Christ’s love.”

The people of Ukraine who have fled, now in the range of over 5 million people, depend on the compassion of strangers. This has become an amazing opportunity for the church to step up and show Christ’s love to those desperate for hope.

...to read stories from Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Spain, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “Practical and Spiritual Support of Ukrainian Refugees.”

#prayforGEMCanada

The amount of love and support the world has been showing Ukraine through their adversity has been inspiring. Although there are currently no GEM workers serving within Ukraine, labourers in the surrounding countries have been working tirelessly with the waves of incoming refugees. Many of the GEM workers who have stepped up are doing so alongside partnering agencies, showcasing a beautiful display of unity within the global church.

Interestingly, the countries seeing the most action have some of Europe’s highest number of believers. “Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine had some of the highest percentages of evangelical Christians before this conflict [ranging from 3-5% of the population],” GEM missionary Dwight Poggemiller states. “There’s not only a significant number of believers there, but they’re also very united… and it’s been a great example of the body of Christ working in unity and reaching out with Christ’s love.”

The people of Ukraine who have fled, now in the range of over 5 million people, depend on the compassion of strangers. This has become an amazing opportunity for the church to step up and show Christ’s love to those desperate for hope.

...to read stories from Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Spain, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “Practical and Spiritual Support of Ukrainian Refugees.”

#prayforGEMCanada
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This month, will you join us in praying for Luxembourg?

This beautiful little country is home to about 630,000 people, nearly half of which come from other nations. The resulting growth of other faiths presents a challenge to traditional faith. Islam, Orthodoxy, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Eastern mysticism and the multiplication of Protestant and Independent groups have transformed this small nation into a melting pot of religious expression. And though most Luxembourgers profess Roman Catholicism, only a shrinking fraction actively practice their faith. In fact, most call themselves Catholics only because of tradition and culture. Many Luxembourgers complement their understanding of Roman Catholic teaching with elements of other religions, humanism, and materialism. The general affluence in this country has caused many to feel dependent on self. While many don’t acknowledge God to be a felt need, beneath the façade are many broken and empty lives. In spite of this, there is hope and great opportunity in Luxembourg! Though small evangelical churches in the country are made up mostly of foreigners, Christians are realizing that what they have in common is greater than their differences! Once a year these congregations gather for a combined worship service and picnic and more outreaches among youth and students are taking place. The growing openness of the Luxembourg Christians to focus on what they have in common is an answer to prayer. It’s time to capitalize on this unity to expand God’s Kingdom in this small country!

◾️ Pray that Luxembourgers will hunger for the truth behind the traditions of whatever religion they claim.
◾️ Pray that Christians will find relevant ways of allowing the resurrected Jesus to become visible to their neighbours.
◾️ Pray that Luxembourg Christians will allow God to work in their country as He sees fit and help them see ways to multiply disciples.

To learn more about how you can partner with us and support our ongoing efforts in Luxembourg, click the link in our bio!

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We're part of an international community! This week we're praying for Chris and Susan Tweedy and their family. Chris serves as GEM International's CFO, and he and Susan and their daughters live in Germany. He's from Canada, Susan's from the US, and their daughters may very well tell their friends that they're from Germany! This year, they're on home assignment. Chris is continuing his ministry during this time as GEM International's CFO, and when they return to Germany, Susan will teach German at Black Forest Academy. Let's pray for the Tweedy family as they hope to see Chris' family in Vancouver before returning to Germany. Pray for Susan as she prepares for her teaching assignment while also homeschooling their daughters this year, and pray for their daughters as they study at a home that isn't really their home, a long way from their friends in Germany. Pray for safety in their travel and in their ministries, and a good transition back into their community later this year.

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Instagram post 18199868014024485 We love our volunteers! From helping out around the office, going on mission trips, getting involved in service projects, and even serving on our board, we couldn't do what we do without the faithful support of our volunteers. Noemi Jenei is a great example, someone who has checked off "All of the above" in her service with GEM. Her leadership as a board member brings a host of valuable skills and experience into GEM Canada. Pray for Noemi as she constantly seeks growth, in her relationship with the Lord and in her ministry involvements. Pray for guidance and direction regarding future ministry opportunities as well!

#prayforGEMCanada

We love our volunteers! From helping out around the office, going on mission trips, getting involved in service projects, and even serving on our board, we couldn't do what we do without the faithful support of our volunteers. Noemi Jenei is a great example, someone who has checked off "All of the above" in her service with GEM. Her leadership as a board member brings a host of valuable skills and experience into GEM Canada. Pray for Noemi as she constantly seeks growth, in her relationship with the Lord and in her ministry involvements. Pray for guidance and direction regarding future ministry opportunities as well!

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Instagram post 17867804825295386 Last October, French President Emmanuel Macron noted that it's "hard to be 20 in 2020", particularly addressing the psychological impact of COVID-19 restrictions on university students locked down in their residence accommodations. This continuing issue, especially among French international students, has brought a host of new problems for which campuses are ill-equipped to respond. Meaghan McNeil is mobilizing to go and minister to university students in France! What an incredible time to help serve in this incredible way! We want to lift up Meaghan in prayer this week, as the need for her ministry in France has never been greater than it is right now. Let's pray that her remaining support will come in so that she can work with partners on both sides of the ocean to plan a safe and effective transition into ministry in France. Pray for university students in France who are struggling under the effects of isolation, and particularly for first year international students who have not had the opportunity to establish social communities.

#prayforGEMCanada

Last October, French President Emmanuel Macron noted that it's "hard to be 20 in 2020", particularly addressing the psychological impact of COVID-19 restrictions on university students locked down in their residence accommodations. This continuing issue, especially among French international students, has brought a host of new problems for which campuses are ill-equipped to respond. Meaghan McNeil is mobilizing to go and minister to university students in France! What an incredible time to help serve in this incredible way! We want to lift up Meaghan in prayer this week, as the need for her ministry in France has never been greater than it is right now. Let's pray that her remaining support will come in so that she can work with partners on both sides of the ocean to plan a safe and effective transition into ministry in France. Pray for university students in France who are struggling under the effects of isolation, and particularly for first year international students who have not had the opportunity to establish social communities.

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Instagram post 17960093716595111 After 8 years of ongoing conflict, Russia has launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine. This conflict could cause nearly 5 million people to be displaced and lead to a catastrophic humanitarian crisis among the Ukrainian people.

Please take a moment today and join with us as we pray for Ukraine!

#prayforGEMCanada

After 8 years of ongoing conflict, Russia has launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine. This conflict could cause nearly 5 million people to be displaced and lead to a catastrophic humanitarian crisis among the Ukrainian people.

Please take a moment today and join with us as we pray for Ukraine!

#prayforGEMCanada
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Instagram post 17906273227642122 Serving missionary families, empowering amazing work throughout Europe and even beyond by offering high quality, Christian education in a context designed to support students who have brought into overseas life by the work and calling of their parents. This is a snapshot of Black Forest Academy, where Maggie Green serves in the Residence Life program. Her first year at the school has not been a typical year, but what year is ever typical in international Christian education? Let's pray for Maggie as she serves in the dorm and in the school. Pray for her and her colleagues as they coach, mentor, teach, and live alongside students in a community that understands separation and transition better than most. Pray for the students as they enter the second semester, and pray for continued health for the entire school community.

#prayforGEMCanada

Serving missionary families, empowering amazing work throughout Europe and even beyond by offering high quality, Christian education in a context designed to support students who have brought into overseas life by the work and calling of their parents. This is a snapshot of Black Forest Academy, where Maggie Green serves in the Residence Life program. Her first year at the school has not been a typical year, but what year is ever typical in international Christian education? Let's pray for Maggie as she serves in the dorm and in the school. Pray for her and her colleagues as they coach, mentor, teach, and live alongside students in a community that understands separation and transition better than most. Pray for the students as they enter the second semester, and pray for continued health for the entire school community.

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This month, will you join us in prayer for Germany?

When many Christians think of Germany, Martin Luther and the Reformation come to mind. But today, many of the beautiful churches of old are empty and viewed as nothing more than an echoey museum. Middle-aged and older Germans have given up on the traditional Church, and young people believe its teachings are irrelevant. Amidst the upheaval of the migrant crisis a few years ago, and the chaos of this year, many Germans are more open to spiritual matters than ever before!

◾️ Pray that the Lord would bring more workers for the harvest in Germany.
◾️ Pray that believers would boldly and lovingly share the teachings and life of Jesus with Germans, both young and old alike.
◾️ Pray for GEM missionaries working in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, the Black Forest Academy, and more!

Click the link in our bio to learn how you can partner with us in supporting our ongoing efforts in Germany!

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