25 July 2009

Healing in Disneyland, Really!

I am so thankful a friend here in Germany sent this to me. It touched me so much that I had to post it on my blog.

If you want to see see the power God working in a public place like Disneyland, answering the prayers of a bunch of bold teenagers, check this video out.

It's almost ten minutes long so don't bail-out early. Watch the entire thing. It bless you.

Copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpdoge4KSug

Or click on the video here if you can see it.

Rev. Lawrence Blakeslee
Missionary to Europe and Asia

17 July 2009

Future Church Planting in Europe

Last Wednesday, I attended a meeting with three pastors in Koblenz, Germany. We met to discuss creating a European network to proactively assist in the planting more churches in Europe.

Two pastors were from Europe, Desmond Frey, Power House Church in Zurich, Switzerland and Sebastiaan van Wessem, Hilversum International Christian Church, in Hilversum, Netherlands. The other pastor was Steve Hickey, from Church at the Gate, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Pastor Hickey works with a non-denominational organization in America that has been successfully involved in church planting in America for a number of years. As part of that organization, Steve believes that it is time to assist in the creation of a similar program in Europe.

At this first meeting, the group discussed the steps to put the process in motion. The consensus is that Europe, which is wholly "unsaved", needs to hear The Gospel. It needs local churches that are alive with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not just huge beautiful buildings from a past era. The best way to develop churches is partner directly with nationals during the start-up and initial growth period. To stand, support and be available to them as they establish themselves in the community.

It is exciting to be involved in planting more local churches and utilizing the experience and strength of the non-denominational American organization here in Europe.

All this is so new that there is not more to share at this time. Will keep you updated as we all walk this project out.

Rev. Lawrence Blakeslee
Missionary to Europe & Asia