Friday, November 05, 2004

Vineyard Church in Roskilde Asks for Prayers

The Vineyard church plant in Roskilde, launched only two years ago by David and Solvej Allen, who serve together as a pastoral team. David still has to work full time at his secular job, and at some point they feel they will have to cut back on these secular involvements, though they need the finances to line up and confirm that as well. Solvej says that God has always been so faithful in providing for their financial needs and their whole family has never been "begging bread" through many years of following Christ. God has been gracious in sending two key couples to stand alongside the Allens, so that makes things a good deal easier for them. Though the average attendance is small, the new church plant is experiencing good growth (at least by Danish standards). The work is not easy and, as is to be expected, it has been subject to the severity of the Enemy's attacks. The pastors are so grateful for the prayer support that Pray for Denmark's viewers provide. In spite of opposition, the congregation has a real sense of joy and anticipation with new people, totally unchurched, coming to the Lord one by one. A number of the church's members are teenagers so a third cell group has been started to minister to this age group. The neutral meeting place at the Civic Center is not reminiscent of the traditional church edifice and that makes it not so scary for newcomers to attend. Twice a month the Vineyard believers go out into the community to do servant evangelism in an attempt to reach out to the Roskilde townsfolk. Click on "Roskilde" on the website (in Danish).

PRAY that the Lord will open the way for David Allen to cut back on his secular employment so that he may ultimately be able to do full-time ministry, especially as the church grows.

PRAY for a mini-conference the Roskilde Vineyard church is having on Monday, November 22 with an American guest speaker. The mini-conference is utilizing several weirdly-titled topics that will likely attract New Agers who are often very seeking and open if the right terminology is used. The guest speaker, who has been like a mentor to David and Solvej, is as "sound as an apple" theologically so there is no need to worry about the content of the Bible-based messages. Solvej writes: "Such an outreach to the New Age community needs a lot of prayer covering to be effective, so thank you so much for praying!"

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