‘No shortcuts’ to European evangelism
When the Iron Curtain came down, people in the former…
LUXEMBOURG — “Churches of Christ begin worship in Luxembourg,” announced a front-page headline in The Christian Chronicle in 1993.
The story detailed a campaign by missionaries to win souls in the grand duchy — a landlocked nation of about a half-million people bordering France, Germany and Belgium.
“However, it was not yet the time for the church in Luxembourg,” Jean-Marie Frérot said of the effort a quarter-century ago. “It is not any easier to evangelize the country today, yet a small group of Christians now comprise a small church there.”
Frérot, minister for a Church of Christ in Verviers, Belgium, said that a family in the capital, Luxembourg City, found his church’s website a few years ago and traveled to Verviers to visit.
“They knew what the Word said about many things, a little like the Jews of Berea,” Frérot said, referencing Acts 17. “After a period of study with them, we found them to be already in the broader family of God, and we welcomed them into full fellowship with us.
“There has been close contact with this family, which represents the church in this small country since 2015. Today, a solid link exists between us with our making periodic visits to their area.”
Recently, an immigrant from the African nation of Ivory Coast living in Luxembourg and a young woman from Belgium were baptized. Frérot and fellow Christians plan to nurture the small group and pray that the new congregation will take root.
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