Sunday, March 07, 2021

I met Jesus... online!

How are Danish churches reaching out during these COVID-times? Many are looking online. And one fellowship, Byens Valgmenighed in Copenhagen, has just started a new session of a successful seeker-friendly online forum – Alpha Online.  


On one social media platform, a church member asks,


“Are you sitting alone in front a screen, too much? And want to meet other people? Interested in talking about some of life’s questions? What do I believe? Who is God? Where is he, during these times? So maybe Online Alpha is something for you.”


It’s in Danish, of course, and aimed at Danish speakers. But the church is also sponsoring an “International Alpha” for newcomers and others… in English. 


Either way, the online approach is a great way to introduce those who are curious… to Jesus!


PRAY for the Alpha course leaders at Byens Valgmenighed, that they would be filled with God’s Spirit as they talk to unbelievers and seekers. Course leaders need courage and wisdom. 


PRAY that many would hear and come to know the truth of the gospel.


PRAY that many Danish (and non-Danish!) hearts will turn to the Lord during this time.


PRAY that those who come to follow Christ – no matter where they are in Denmark – will find fellowship, encouragement, and a way to grow as believers. 


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Guess who is praying for Denmark?

With few exceptions, Denmark is closed until at least January 17. Businesses are shuttered, as are restaurants and nearly everything else in this small country, and group gatherings are severely curtailed. So it’s surprising that churches are even allowed to meet, but only for 30 minutes on Sunday, and no corporate singing allowed.


No praise songs. No prayer meetings. No youth gatherings. And with dark, cold weather across the land, it’s difficult to stay optimistic and upbeat—except perhaps when we’re reminded of other Christians whose situations are much worse than our own. 


Believers in North Korea, for example, are routinely subject to imprisonment, brutal torture, and execution. Following Jesus in that land could mean a death sentence. But the Dansk Europamission, which ministers to oppressed Christians worldwide, recently received a note of thanks and encouragement from a North Korean church leader, promising to remember Danish Christians. 


“We would like to pray for you and for our brothers and sisters in Denmark,” wrote the Korean. “We pray that God, in his fatherly love, will protect you from the corona virus, and ensure your health and safety.”


It’s profoundly humbling to think that persecuted believers are praying for Denmark, isn’t it? 


We can do no less. 


PRAY for the protection of faithful Christians in Denmark, meeting under less-than-ideal situations during short services. 


PRAY that Danish Christians would continue to connect with each other online and by using other means.


PRAY that Christians would be encouraged in the knowledge that they are not alone, and that—even during this time—Jesus is near. 


And please join our North Korean brothers and sisters as they… 


PRAY for the health and safety of Danish believers.