Sweden (MNN) ― Although Sweden is woven brightly with a rich Christian history, advancing secularism and moral decline have added dark threads to the tapestry.
Shifting cultural norms throughout Europe have caused people to reject the ways of the past, which includes Biblical Christianity.
Sweden's third-largest city, Malmo, has also seen massive immigration, making it one quarter Muslim today, on track to transforming into a Muslim-majority city within just a few decades.
The work for missionaries from The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) is challenging, but clear cut.
Working hand-in-hand with InterAct, a Swedish church and mission movement, TEAM missionaries are seeing churches grow that bring the whole Gospel to the whole person in Sweden.
Their strategy is to transform lives and multiply churches through relational, holistic evangelism by mentoring young leaders to reach their peers. They do this using music, art, and social caring to reach children, youth and those who have been marginalized by their society.
The Open Preschool started September 1, led by Tomas Church and New Life Church, as an outreach to the families of Kungsholmen (the Stockholm Island that is home to both congregations).
Pray for the growth of this ministry and that many families will meet Jesus through the natural contacts that develop. Pray also for the strengthening of relationships through the Alpha Marriage Course starting September 3rd. It's an 8-week course designed for any couple who wants to invest in their relationship, as well as a practical introduction to Christ.