This blog chronicles how God is at work in and through us as we live out our faith in Europe. We’re a family of missionaries serving with Greater Europe Mission and living in Germany. Our ministry is called GemStone Media, and our charter is to produce relevant media, to facilitate the most strategic advancement of the Gospel across Europe and the world. We accomplish this in three ways. We produce media which is directed at North America, raising up prayer, financial gifts and new missionaries to see God’s will in Europe accomplished. We partner with European churches, helping them to realize their own visions for Media outreach by providing training, equipment and expertise. Finally we produce videos which share the Gospel, speak to a deep concern of the heart, or tell a story of how God is moving.
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Europe is a continent in great spiritual need. Today less than 2% of Europeans have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, while more than 7% are Muslim. Europe has long since ceased to be a Christian continent. Further, in the west, the population has been vaccinated against the Gospel message by religious education in schools teaching church tradition and ritual in an intellectual way without ever dealing with scripture or a personal relationship with Jesus. Virtually every town and village in Western Europe has a church, but many of those churches don’t have even a single individual who knows Jesus. The combination leads to a populace that knows Christianity well as an empty and meaningless series of rituals, but has no experience at all with Jesus Christ.
When the Apostle Paul went to Athens and had the opportunity to speak to their ruling council (Acts 17:16-33) about what he believed, he didn’t turn to the Hebrew prophecies to prove who Jesus was. That would have been meaningless to his audience. He spoke about their altar to the unknown God and quoted their Greek poets. In short, he spoke their language. Today, media is the language of culture for most of the western world. As followers of Christ, it’s time we proclaimed his name in the language of the culture, and that’s what we’re trying to do.