MoveIn’s European Vision Team is just three months old and it is already on the road mobilizing.
“We are intentionally going to countries in Europe where MoveIn has no presence yet,” says Micha, the team’s director, of their current cross-continent trip. The team has already visited Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic; Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia are next. “We are going to learn about the culture of these countries and what God is already doing there. We want to see how MoveIn could fit in.”
MoveIn currently has nine teams in Europe: in England, Sweden, Portugal, and Germany. The first team formed in 2010. Vision Team members from Canada have made brief visits to the continent since then, but a dedicated European Vision Team has long been needed.
Micha, who is German and a former Toronto MoveIner, officially started as director this September. Joining him on the journey as a volunteer is Lance, who met Micha when they served together in Operation Mobilization. Jónatas, a Portuguese MoveIner, is the second European Vision Team member, though he was not able to join this trip. Alanna, a London, England MoveIner originally from Hamilton, Canada joined them for two months, and a friend of hers for a week. (While the girls joined, they were able to make use of a second RV, which is lent to the team any time it is needed.)
It’s a faith trip in many ways, says Micha, especially of the provision of the RV, which gives them freedom to visit many countries affordably. There have been many unexpected adventures — they once waited five days for winter tires to arrive — but it’s been a joy to work together as a team, even in close quarters.
“In Acts 4 where it says the believers had everything in common and met daily, well that’s kind of like us right now.”
Micha and Lance are identifying new patches, listening to local people about what God is doing in each place, talking to local leaders, assessing the spiritual situation, and challenging believers to move in. They hope to visit existing MoveIn teams as they continue this trip; in January, Micha and Lance will join a current team in Berlin. Micha plans to make further vision trips in the RV.
So far, they’ve learned that Europe, like much of the developed world, is very materialistic. The church in Europe is small, and in many places, asleep. “The big but,” says Micha, “is that everywhere we’ve gone we have met people who are absolutely committed and on fire for Jesus. They are from different circles and denominations, but they are actively reaching others.” Even in countries like Montenegro, with very few believers, or parts of east Germany, which has some of the most atheistic regions in the world.
“We don’t want to presume that MoveIn fits well in these countries or is an answer to reaching the unreached, but we want to learn.”
Pray for Europe, Micha says, with its atheism and materialism, and in need of more full-time missionaries and tentmakers. "But at the same time," he says, "we are seeing God bring people from other nations to Europe to share the gospel. I think that’s a huge answer to prayer.”