Friday, June 17, 2022

Pray for the Forest Church

One of Denmark’s leading praise song writers and performers will soon release a new album, inspired by his new outdoor ministry. 

Arvid Asmussen, who recently began serving as pastor and worship leader at the Oasekirke (Oasis Church) in Silkeborg, finds inspiration outdoors—what he calls “the big cathedral.” So the album is appropriately titled “Cathedral (Katedral).”


In addition to his daily duties as a pastor, Asmussen leads a monthly “Forest Church” alternative worship experience. He invites the entire family on a pilgrimage that typically features Bible reflections and communion, and likely a good deal of singing, as well. 


“I believe most people can come in contact with the feeling of being a part of something bigger when they’re out in nature—whatever their connection is to the church,” he said. “I hope the Forest Church can be a way for spiritually searching people to meet with God.”


Asmussen’s new album of nature- and psalm-inspired praise songs is scheduled to release in September, but he has already shared and performed much of the music at a praise gathering last April. 


Listen to some of Asmussen’s music here. (There are even a couple of songs in English!) 


PRAY for the monthly Forest Church—that unchurched Danes would meet their creator on these monthly praise outings, and that believers would draw closer to the Lord here, as well. 


PRAY for Pastor Arvid Asmussen as he inspires other believers to creatively praise God through music. 


PRAY for the ongoing ministry of the church in Silkeborg, that many would come to faith in Christ through this ministry.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

The bus is ready!

It’s ready! Pray now for the ministry of the “Børnebussen,” the “Kids’ Bus.” It’s an outreach of Denmark’s Evangelical Free Church Children and Youth ministry—basically a mobile youth group room, complete with everything that many smaller churches and towns don’t have. 


The bus is stocked with games, a video screen, a kitchenette, restroom… and ministry leaders are looking to provide a venue for:


Kid’s festivals and outreach events. Bus ministry leaders are encouraging churches to build outreach around the bus, using it was a way to attract attention for special events. 


Children’s church. There’s plenty of room cleared away inside the bus for kids and young people to sit on couches and gather around a worship experience. 


A rolling kid’s room during church adult weekends. Why not use the bus for a kids’ gathering place while parents are enjoying their own retreat experience?


Club evenings. Bring in the bus with its resources as a way to anchor a fun event. The bus comes with everything from laser tag equipment and remote control cars to video games and of course Lego. 


In the end, it’s a tool for the church, a way of supporting ministry and encouraging (mostly youth) leaders to think creatively about outreach. Bus coordinators hope it will be used as a way for Danish believers to extend their outreach from the buildings and beyond. 


And this summer is the perfect time to see what God will do with this bus… all over Denmark. Let’s pray!


PRAY for the ministry of the Kids’ Bus—that churches will catch the vision of how to extend their reach beyond their small buildings.


PRAY that kids and their families will come to know the Lord through this creative support ministry.


PRAY that God will use this bus to spark revival in churches all over Denmark. 


Here’s a quick tour of the bus, waiting for youth groups and church groups of all sizes.



Sunday, March 13, 2022

Still the hope of the world

The world has suddenly become a much less safe place, and the future is uncertain. Danes face the conflict that must seem dangerously close to their borders. Are these the last days? Is Jesus coming again soon? What call does that place on Christians? Hans-Ole Bækgaard, the leader of Denmark’s Inner Mission renewal movement, believes the many signs we’re seeing are a call to repent and believe in Jesus as the savior of the world, before it’s too late. Here’s what he said in a recent video blog, translated from the Danish:

“Are these the last days?” asked Bækgaard. “We have just experienced a world-shaking pandemic that has brought unrest to the entire world. And even before we are free of it, a major international conflict takes over.


“The Bible’s description of end time signs have again come close, with warnings of wars, natural disasters, falling away, seductions, and lawlessness. The last days began with Christ’s ascension and are a mission field that lasts until Christ suddenly returns. 


“But we have been clearly told about the signs: ‘See to it that no one leads you astray.’ The signs are a call to repent and believe in Jesus as the Savior of the world, before it’s too late.


“We react differently to these situations, just as we have during the Corona crisis. Let’s talk with one another about it. Allow space for concern, one-on-one and in our fellowship. Let us embrace one another, and especially those to whom the war is nearest. 


“As Christians we believe that world events are in the hands of God. Therefore we must pray to him—for peace, for his forbearance, for justice, that we would not lose hope, and that more people would turn to him.


“Christ is still the hope of the world,” he concluded, “and he is near to us! Pray for peace and justice.”

 

PRAY for the Danish church, as they face the prospect of welcoming refugees from the fighting. Pray for unity and a new hope, despite what’s happening in the world.


PRAY that many would turn to Christ during this trying time. 


PRAY for peace.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Back to the street!

Masks, no masks. Vaccinations, no vaccinations. Shutdowns, restrictions, illness... The people of Denmark have been riding this roller coaster for the past couple of years, and the fatigue is showing—also in the lives of street evangelists Bo and Mona Henriksen, and those volunteer with them to share the gospel of Jesus Christ on the streets of several cities across Denmark. 

If the names sound familiar, it may be because we featured Bo and Mona and their ministry back in 2017. You can read more about them here. But in a recent email update, Bo shared candidly the very real challenges of the past year: a year filled with challenges, setbacks, and even doubts.



Paradoxically, it has also been a year of victories. The Henriksens have prayed with several people to follow Christ, and they’ve been able to start a home fellowship of Bulgarian immigrants who are growing in their faith. As Bo put it, “we have seen big miracles on the street.”


So Bo shares an optimistic vision for the coming year. He and Mona are ready to see what God will do again on the streets. “Isn’t it also in difficult situations like these,” says Bo, “that God has promised to be God?”


Indeed. And with that in mind, he shares from Paul’s letter to the Corinthian believers that “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10)


That’s exactly right, Bo and Mona!


PRAY for renewed vision on the streets of Denmark, that those who share Christ will meet with ready hearts. 


PRAY for Bo and Mona and their co-workers, for encouragement, protection, and renewed strength.


PRAY that God would work in creative new ways to reach people with his grace. Our God is a creative God, in no way limited by circumstances!


PRAY for revival on the streets and in the cities of Denmark!

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Out of reach? Not at all.

His entire early life was defined by rejection, chaos, and violence.  As Martin Bentsen explained, he was blamed for his mother’s suicide attempts, expelled from the third grade, institutionalized, and jailed. Fueled by anger and rage, his life had clearly dead-ended behind bars. Few could sink lower than Martin. 

“I was beyond reach and would end up spending my life in prison,” he said. “That’s what the psychologist said.” 


And he might have—until he started reading a book whose author set him on a course so radical no one could believe it was really him.


“Even the doctor said, the psychologist inside the prison said, ‘How can you transform so much in such a short time? It’s impossible.’ And I said, ‘I don’t know that either. You’ll have to ask God, because he’s the one who did it.’ ”


Apparently the psychologist, the social workers, and the jailers didn’t know about the power of Jesus Christ to transform—or what might happen when he read the Bible. “This miracle happened in my life,” he explained. “God’s Word is alive. I had been transformed from the inside.” 


This is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to save and redeem, even for those who seem so far beyond the reach of hope and redemption. You may have to watch his incredible video testimonial more than once to let the truth and power sink in. The story may remind you of another dramatic turnaround. (Read Acts 9 about Paul’s experience.)


Today Martin is thanking God for inner peace and purpose, and much more. Not to give the story away, but today, he is eager to share his story with anyone in Denmark who will listen. He talks about the power of Christ to turn even the darkest stories to light, the deepest failures into victory. He’s not only out of prison, but married and serving as a pastor and speaker. 


Let’s pray for Martin Bentsen and his powerful testimony! Watch it here.


PRAY that God will touch many hearts with life-changing good news through Martin’s story.


PRAY for protection and blessing for Martin and his family. Not everyone will appreciate his message, of course. 


PRAY for those who will hear his story, that they will be open to knowing Christ, as well. Pray for spiritual breakthroughs. 


PRAY for revival in Martin’s church and throughout Denmark as a result of this wonderful testimony.