Thursday, April 10, 2008

Meeting Europe in Linz, Austria.

The IFES Europe conference was held in Linz, Austria, from the 20th to the 21st of March. This was a conference that brought together Christian students from mainly Europe and other countries as well.

The theme of the conference was BECAUSE OF LOVE. The emphasis was the desire and the need for Christian students to reach their fellow students with the love of Christ.

Other than meeting many new friends, I also got an opportunity to learn more about the state of Christianity in Europe.

In one of the tents, there was this statement that really got my attention. It stated; Europe, the prodigal continent.

This indeed reminded me of the prodigal son in the bible and the way he was warmly received back by his father. And I gathered that that is what God is ready and willing to do to anyone that has deviated from God’s call in his/her life.

And thus even thought the future of Christianity doesn’t look good, the good thing is that God is forever willing to receive back those who are ready and willing to go back to him. The plenary speakers had one main emphasis, the urgency with which the gospel has to be shared. This is not very easy in any particular place, but what is required of us is to be ready and willing to be used of him to bring people back if fellowship with him.

We had also an Easter service on Easter Sunday. There was nothing spectacular like seeing more than 2000 studnets gathered for the service. It was an awesome experience to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ together.

Easter Sunday service.

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