Ireland (MNN) — A Greater Europe
Mission team in Ireland is riding high on the energy created at the four-day Urban
Soul event in Dublin, Ireland.
Urban Soul encouraged young people to live out the Great Commission. Urban Soul is an active citizenship program for youth
to help them put into action what it means to love God and others.
The underlying values that
motivate and guide Urban Soul are those taught and demonstrated by Jesus. His
life and message show that loving God is just the beginning and that we are
also called to actively love our neighbors.
160 young people from around the
world spent four days in July doing community service projects like area
clean-ups, painting over graffiti, running community events, etc. But
ministry leaders hope it won't stop there.
Ministry can be very challenging in Ireland. Evangelical
Christians make up less than 2 percent of the Irish population.
According to GEM, half of the
population is under 28 years old. Although
the younger generation generally turns away from the institutional church, it is
seeking spiritual meaning, and the evangelical church has grown more in the
past 10 to 20 years than it has in the past 130 years.
Pray that God will continue to
use such events to soften people's hearts to His love. Pray that this experience
will encourage participants to continue to show Christ's love by serving people
in practical ways.