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The student generation in Europe is hungry for revival

Revive Europe will include extensive times of prayer, worship, repentance, and study of Acts 1-5. The belief is that a move of God starts, first of all, in our hearts.

FEATURES AUTHOR Sarah Breuel 22 NOVEMBER 2019 17:00 h GMT+1
Students attending a previous IFES European conference. / Revive Europe

A wave of secularism has swept over Europe and its universities in the last decades, reducing God to a small corner for those who are not “intelligent enough.”



But God cannot be contained into a corner. He is big enough to move, even in the hostile academic environment in Europe.





It is with this desire that student organisations such as IFES, Cru, Navigators, and Students for Christ have come together and rallied up with 22 other Christian organisations with a common vision of pursuing a Move of God in the student generation. The effort is called Revive Europe.



 



“We desperately need another move of God,” said Lindsay Brown, the previous General Secretary of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), and International Director of the Lausanne Movement.



Thomas Bucher, the General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance, has added that “Europe is in a crisis. In crisis situations, God has often opened up unexpected avenues, often using youth.’’



 



40 WEEKS OF PRAYER COME TO AN END



European students started a 40-week prayer campaign for 40 countries in February 2019. Every Monday, one country is highlighted through a one-minute video produced by students of that nation about how to pray for their country. The videos have had over half million views on social media, and have been used beyond the student environment, by mission agencies such as Greater European Mission and European Christian Missions.



“Sometimes, as an evangelical church, we as Christians feel so small,’’ said students in the Revive Lithuania video, a country whose evangelical population is only 1.4 percent of the whole. That is a common feeling for many in Europe; more than 20 countries have evangelical populations that are 1 percent or less.





‘‘Pray that Christians would rise up with a new boldness and courage. Pray that God would move in a mighty way in Sweden again, meeting the longing for something more that so many people have” said students in the Revive Sweden video.



 



5,000 STUDENTS WILL GATHER IN KARLSRUHE



The 40-week prayer campaign will culminate with students coming together for five days at the end of this year in Germany, where the hope is to gather 5,000 students from 50 countries. The organisers are preparing extensive times of prayer, worship, repentance, and study of Acts 1-5.



The belief is that a move of God starts, first of all, in our hearts. For this reason, sessions will help students identify idols in their hearts and call them to individual repentance. Then, this invitation will be extended to identify idols in their nations, and a call for corporate repentance in the continent.



 



Bible study, prayer and worship will be central at Revive Europe 2019. / Revive Europe



‘‘Revivals historically have been characterised by extraordinary prayer, a recovery from the gospel of grace and a spirit of repentance’’ said Timothy Keller at the Revive Europe pre online event. Dr. Keller has also pointed out that although these have been some common factors, just like in the Narnia books where one cannot enter into Narnia in the same way, there are no fixed formulas.



It is historic to have student and mission organisations partnering this way in Europe. ‘‘What a movement of the Spirit to get us all at the same table! What will God do with and through Revive? I am excited to see, although I dare not miss what He has already done by uniting us!’’ says Connie Duarte, Chair of Mission Net and Board Member of the European Evangelical Alliance.



“Unity has a cost,” concurs Maarten Gast the Director of Agape/Cru in Western Europe. Even though IFES is spearheading Revive Europe, Agape has postponed its annual gathering with European students so that they can be, according to Maarten, ‘‘all in’’ for Revive Europe. This partnership in a European level has been inspiring more conversations and partnerships on national levels.



A similar longing for revival and partnership among campus ministries is also taking place across the Atlantic in the USA. EveryCampus is a collaborative initiative by various ministries, spearheaded by InterVarsity and Cru, and seeks revival on American college campuses. Its goal for 2019 is to prayer-walk all 4,948 campuses in the USA, of which 2,569 campuses have already been covered in prayer.





 



THE GOSPEL IN A SECULARISED CONTEXT



European students have been fighting back the wave of secularisation for years. In the public sphere in particular, they have been organising ‘mission weeks,’ in which students put together public debates, apologetic talks, and lunch bars on campuses to bear witness to Jesus.



Just in the last year, about 200 mission weeks have taken place in 30 European countries.



 



Revive Europe logo.

The challenges in the so-called ‘Prodigal continent’ are overwhelming. In the history of revivals, though, God often breaks in when things are hard or impossible. As Erzsébet Komlósi, European Director for Scripture Union says, ‘‘Our old continent is in desperate need for a new revival.’’



And so, the European students pray: “Come, Holy Spirit, come. Revive Europe.”



Sarah Breuel is the evangelism training coordinator for IFES Europe and the Director for Revive Europe. She previously served as Chair of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering.


 

 


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