The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
A church in Lugo welcomes families of refugees from Latin America who arrive in the city. “A space of security where the Christian community can be open and inclusive”.
More than 12,000 people on the streets of Dordrecht and 2.3 million television viewers followed a contextualised recount of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection.
The spire and the roof collapsed, but firefighters said the fire is under control. “The worst has been avoided”, French President Macron says. Evangelicals express their solidarity.
More than 40,000 signatures ask to put an end to paid sex. Netherlands’ liberal approach to prostitution facilitates sexual trafficking, the “I am priceless” campaign says.
“If the message is not understandable, no matter how important it is – it will not reach the people”, says Valeria Esteban, a graduate of the training programme started in Spain.
The President of the Italian Evangelical Alliance: “Religious freedom and the family are necessary values for a peaceful coexistence”.
More than 2,500 children have already seen the musical, which tells the story of gospel music in a both enjoyable and deep way.
Unidentified people entered an Assemblies of God church in Angouleme on Friday night. They threw paint on the walls and Bibles, and damaged musical instruments and the sound system.
A video on how evangelicals are planting churches in Strasbourg (France).
Loida Muñoz, Director of A21 Spain: ‘We need to both be pioneers and actively support what is already working’.
The President of the Spanish region of Murcia opened Idea2019, the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. “If there were many evangelicals, this region would be better”.
“We lament this act of vandalism”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance. The square was named in 2015 and is one of the signs of religious diversity in the Italian capital.
Around 750 women gathered in Spain under the motto “Our Mission: Bringing His Kingdom” .
More than 100,000 spectators have seen the movie about the Reformer of Zurich in its first two weeks.
Evangelistic initiatives and prayer groups in churches of the Swiss town that hosts the annual World Economic Forum.
A summary of the thanksgiving service of the European Evangelical Alliance at the Chapel of Europe in Brussels.
“There is great richness and diversity among Evangelicals, which needs to be celebrated and not only be a cause for concern”.
The social worker Dieter Puhl is described as “a lobbyist of the homeless”. The Christian organisation works in over 100 train stations across Germany.
Italian evangelicals were part of an inititiative in support of the Pakistani Christian woman.
The work is based on the trilemma put forth by C. S. Lewis, which affirms that the person of Jesus Christ would necessarily fall into one of three categories: Lord, liar or lunatic.
Valencia, one of the 21 Spanish cities that joined the global #WalkForFreedom initiative. “The gospel is freedom”, said coordinator Sara Pérez.
On October 20th, single-file lines of people dressed in black will fill the streets of more than 400 cities across the world. Loida Muñoz: “Criminal organisations buy and sell people”.
The Commander in Chief of the Fuerteventura Civil Guard recognized the social work of the church Modern Christian Mission in a public event.
Evangelicals from churches in the region gathered for a March for Jesus and a Gospel music concert in the city centre.
“Welcoming every child, supporting every woman” was one of the messages.
Evangelical communities in Cruces (Vizcaya) have facilitated a ‘welcome flat’ for relatives of patients admitted to the municipal hospital who arrive from other places. The goal is to offer rest and care.
A Muslim man pushed the girl from a second floor. Police and doctors refused to help the family. “This is unfortunately very common in Pakistan”, their lawyer said.
“As a Christian, the principle of loving my neighbour leads my way of life”, says Norbert Valley. He has received the support of the Evangelical Alliance.
Nearly 70 participants involved in theological research and training discussed the topic of “Christian identity and mission in a divided Europe”.
Chaos broke out in a metro train in Valencia when passengers confused a group of preachers with terrorists. The nine Germans have been released on bail.
The participants of the 4th annual bicycle ride "Velopiligrim" went across Belarus sharing their faith and visiting local churches.
“A lot of people are blaming the State, blaming God”, says a Christian in the region. “Please pray for the country”.
During the gathering, a cycling team traveled 355 km to several villages in the region where there is no Christian witness.
Blackpool Transport removed promotions for the event, after social media pressure from LGBT groups. “I am not coming to preach hate, I’m here to preach about Jesus”, Graham said.
A local Spanish television channel reports on the Centro Cristiano La Roca church, which has people of more than 15 nationalities among its members.
Twenty-seven evangelical scholars gathered for an intensive in-depth training week, to have “a more accurate and clear understanding of Roman Catholicism”.
The National Council of Evangelicals of France organised a training meeting under the theme “Dialoguing with the authorities, a necessity for building the future”, which included a visit to the National Assembly.
The Belgian city of Ostend will convert an abandoned hangar into a brothel. “Many prostitutes think they are protected, but they are not”, says a Christian social worker in the region.
Šárka Berankova works as a civil engineer living in Prague. She heared the gospel in Spain, the UK and Colombia. “God surrounded me with Christians, even before I knew anything about faith”.
The blaze started in an old nightclub nearby. Around 40 people were evacuated.“Building or no building, the church will worship God and serve our community”, the pastor says.
Telecinco links the church leader to a police macro-operation against child pornography. Evangelical representatives ask the national tv broadcaster to rectify publicly.
The ceremony was attended by local and regional authorities. The President of the Andalusian Parliament highlighted the advances that the Reformation brought to the society.
Volunteers working with the Christian association Valoare Plus set up support groups in secondary schools to mentor teenagers in risk of being trafficked for pornography and prostitution.
A court in Barcelona has enforced a prison sentence of 12 to 20 months along with returning the money scammed upon a pastor and his wife, and the commercial director of a Christian tv station.
Percy Buffard founded the Spanish Evangelical Mission in 1917. The square of Moral de Calatrava where the current evangelical church is, will bear his name.
Local designers presented their wedding costumes in a local church of the Spanish city of Lugo, to raise funds for people in need.
Human identity, the role of media, and the protection of family were some of the issues addressed during the annual general assembly of the Italian Evangelical Alliance.
Hundreds shared the hope of the resurrection in the streets of the Spanish cities, with colorful marches.
“The marketplace is the perfect place to build community and to show people who Jesus is, as well as having a positive social and economic impact”, says Mark Plummer.
A well-known Youtuber and a Christian apologist debated about Atheism and Christianity in the first public debate of this kind in a Spanish university.
Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.
All political parties signed an “Institutional Declaration on the Evangelical Church” to celebrate the 150 years of continued presence.
“Change the system, not the climate”, say 35,000 in Brussels. Christian experts welcome initiatives to change consumption habits.
A film about the life and conversion of Agustine of Hippo was screened at the Athenaeum of Barcelona. A fully North African team and cast worked on the project for six years.
The government supports the initiative of the Christian centre ‘Nueva Vida’ in Santander. “There is a very huge need and we have only been able to see the tip of the iceberg”.
The organisers suggested that lack of confidence in the gospel is the main factor inhibiting the church’s effective witness to Christ today.
Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.
A bookshop in Barcelona hosted the event to celebrate the trajectory of the Spanish online magazine. It was a time of reunions, emotion and fresh commitment to the vision of building bridges between evangelical churches and society.
Current issues, international speakers and conversations about the figure of Jesus, in a week of talks and activities organized by Christian university students in Barcelona.
Twice-monthly social events are held for between 80-150 people, sometimes even more. The asylum seekers and refugees cook meals from their own countries, with occasional British cuisine.
Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.
The 2019 Refugee Highway Partnership roundtable will gather practitioners and leaders in Europe around the theme “Removing barriers, embracing strangers”.
Prayer meetings were organised in churches and streets. “The church has to be a voice for values and respect”, a Christian politician in the city says.
There are about 500 Protestant teachers of religion, who can only cover about 70 % of schools in Berlin.
A think tank analysed the programme of last year’s Swedish LGBT festival and found an alarming collision with public health policies. Per Ewert of the Clapham Institutet says the findings show the ‘colourful darkness’ of the movement.
Pastor Richard Smith was elected Mayor of Ferryhill in May. “My faith in Christ is what drives me to help people regardless of their faith, colour, culture, sexuality, or political persuasion”, he said.
Gavà (in Spain) fights sexual slavery by putting pressure on clients. “Are you enjoying this? She is not”, a campaign against sexual exploitation says.
Four politicians of the Swiss Parliament joined the event in the centre of Bern.
Córdoba International Television was founded in 2012 by the Sheikh Abdelaziz al Fawzan. It broadcast in Spain and Latin America. All its workers were fired last May.
The festival in Falkirk was organised in partnership with about 200 churches.
The Swiss Evangelical Alliance praises many aspects of the law, but fears the religious freedom of civil servants will be restricted.
The Mayoress of the city, Ada Colau, said: “This is an act of justice with Protestantism and with the city, which cannot deny that part of itself”.
Pro-choice group Abortion Rights had organised a counter demonstration. One week before the march, a law which bans prayer or the offer of help outside a London abortion centre came into effect.
The movement unites women from across the country to “do God’s work”, coordinator Ana Giménez explained.
The city of Terrassa dedicates a square to pastor Samuel Vila and his wife, highlighting his theological, literary, editorial and social work and their defense of religious freedom.
Fueled by the desire to “see more workers in the harvest field”, MOSTY (the Czech word for bridges) not only aims to see short-term missionaries involved in mission, but also to serve the sending churches abroad.
More than 170 church planters from 29 countries met in Berlin for the NC2P gathering. The vision is to collaborate and learn from each other to reach Europe’s societies with the Gospel.
Richard Novák is 26 years old and lives in Prague. He told us what it means to be Christian in his everyday job as an accounts manager for a packaging distribution company.
A letter to the embassador in Rome was delivered.
Eighteen Spanish young professionals are trained to put into practice biblical principles in their personal and professional lives. They will also have a one year mentoring.
The annual theological training conference is intended to build a deeper Biblical understanding, and give a contemporary evangelistic vision to young leaders.
Evangelical Reformed Baptist Churches gathered in Trent to express their commitment to Protestant values. Evangelicals celebrate Reformation in Rome’s Martin Luther Square.
The gatherings, which started in 1967, are promoted by the Scripture Union of Galicia (Spain) and Portugal, the evangelical church of Marín and the Brethren Assemblies.
"Many found answers, and many have come to know the real Jesus better”, says Gerson Mercadal, coordinator of Reboot Spain, an event organised by Fundación RZ, Ravi Zacharias Ministries in Spain.
And adventure camp is the first part of a Czech training programme for Christians aged 13 to 17. “Pastors and Christian leaders shared with them stories of their calling and lives”.
Christians visit the place where the Barcelona attack happened to offer comfort. “We are living incredible experiences”, says Jaume Torrado.
We need to respond with the values that we see in Jesus Christ’s life.
“We identify with the pain of the families”, the Spanish Evangelical Alliance says. Churches, denominations and regional evangelical bodies also express their grief.
"We have always made things dirty because we were outside of Christ, so we do this a sign of being clean and washed and made new”, a former prisoner says.
The La Sexta news service compares Hillsong in Spain to Scientology. No evidence is offered in two journalistic pieces full of misconceptions.
Theologian Don Carson spoke on the freedom offered by the gospel. Rising numbers of children and youth among the 4,000 conventioners visiting the English Lake District each week.
Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.
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