They’re the ones sharing the gospel every
year at popular Danish campgrounds and public venues, organizing outreach
events and concerts, wading into vacation crowds with good news booklets, telling
the story of Jesus through puppets, balloons, and any other way that has a
chance of reaching the hearts of Danish young people and families. And this
year Friluftsmissionen -- the Danish branch of Open Air Campaigners
International -- turns 20.
Happy birthday! (Or as they say in Denmark, tillykke!) The 2014 calendar is full.
Their signature “Jesperhus Gospel” event is planned for June 9 this year at the
Jesperhus vacation park and gardens on Mors Island. Now
in its fifteenth year, and in cooperation with local churches, they’re bringing
praise music, a gospel choir, puppet theater, and much more to this festive
outdoor venue. In addition, a summer team outreach is
planned for July 7-18 at the lovely Gammelbro campground in southern Denmark,
near the sea at Årøsund. The Friluftsmission team has also been active in urban youth
evangelism, in cooperation with kids from the Inner Mission Lutheran renewal
And that seems to be the strength of this
vital ministry: working with a wide spectrum of Christians across Denmark --
from committed Lutherans in the state church, to free church youth groups. And
because of their commitment to camp and street outreach, they’re coming in
contact with families and young people who might otherwise never consider
stepping foot in a church building. Although they don’t consider themselves a
church, the Friluftsmission workers play a critical role in building up the
Keep in mind that most Danes treasure their
summer outdoor and camping experiences. That’s part of the reason why the Friluftsmission approach
is so strategic in this country. Believers from the Friluftsmission are going
to where the people are, meeting them where they’re at. So they need all the
prayer support we can offer.
PRAISE GOD for 20 years of successful ministry in Denmark, pointing people
to Jesus, one camper (or pedestrian) at a time.
PRAY for Torben Østermark, who
faithfully heads this ministry. Ask God to give him strength and vision as they
reach out this summer, and throughout the rest of the year.
PRAY especially for the Jesperhus
Gospel event in June and the Gammelbro campground outreach in July, that God
would soften the hearts and open the ears of many who will follow Christ
through these events.
PRAY that the good partnerships
between the Friluftsmission and Danish churches would continue to increase and
flourish. Pray for more open doors of cooperative efforts between the two.
PRAY for even more workers and
volunteers to join with the Friluftsmission team, so that God might increase
the harvest and use this vital support ministry to help bring revival in the