Sarah Breuel is the evangelism training coordinator for IFES Europe and the Director for Revive Europe. She previously served as Chair of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering.
The student generation in Europe is hungry for revival.
A wave of secularism has swept over Europe and its universities in the last decades, reducing God to a small corner for those who are not “intelligent enough.” But God cannot be contained into a corner. He is big enough to move, even in the hostile academic environment in Europe.
It is with this desire that student organizations such as IFES, Cru, Navigators, and Students for Christ have come together and rallied up with 22 other Christian organizations with a common vision of pursuing a Move of God in the student generation. The effort is called Revive Europe.
“We desperately need another move of God,” said Lindsay Brown, the previous General Secretary of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), and International Director of the Lausanne Movement.
Thomas Bucher, the General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance, has added that “Europe is in a crisis. In crisis situations, God has often opened up unexpected avenues, often using youth.’’
European students started a 40-week prayer campaign for 40 countries in February 2019. Every Monday, one country is highlighted through a one-minute video produced by students of that nation about how to pray for their country. The videos have had over half million views on social media, and have been used beyond the student environment, by mission agencies such as Greater European Mission and European Christian Missions.
“Sometimes, as an evangelical church, we as Christians feel so small,’’ said students in the Revive Lithuania video, a country whose evangelical population is only 1.4 percent of the whole. That is a common feeling for many in Europe; more than 20 countries have evangelical populations that are 1 percent or less.
‘‘Pray that Christians would rise up with a new boldness and courage. Pray that God would move in a mighty way in Sweden again, meeting the longing for something more that so many people have” said students in the Revive Sweden video.
The 40-week prayer campaign will culminate with students coming together for five days at the end of this year in Germany, where the hope is to gather 5,000 students from 50 countries. The organizers are preparing extensive times of prayer, worship, repentance, and study of Acts 1-5.
The belief is that a move of God starts, first of all, in our hearts. For this reason, sessions will help students identify idols in their hearts and call them to individual repentance. Then, this invitation will be extended to identify idols in their nations, and a call for corporate repentance in the continent.