Despite the longstanding presence of institutional Christianity in Europe, much of the continent is now unreached, home to large groups of people who have never heard the Gospel.
First, there are indigenous ethnic groups who have never been preached to. This is true of every part of the former Yugoslavia. It is true of mountainous southern Bulgaria. It is emphatically true of Russia, with the largest unreached people groups in Europe. Over 100,000 communities in Russia have no evangelical church, and have never had one.
Next are the immigrant Muslim communities found especially in Western Europe.
Finally there are Europe’s millions of secular citizens, people who think they know what “religion” is and don’t want it. But many of them seek peace and meaning through New Age spiritualities.
Native European missionaries are reaching out to all these unreached groups, but they badly need financial support for more workers! That’s why Advancing Native Missions is an advocate for them here in America. It costs more to live in Europe than in rural India or Africa. But native European missionaries, who already speak the national language and are at home in the culture, will cheerfully serve for a tenth or a quarter of what it costs to send an American to do the same job. Spiritual doors are flying open all over Europe to people who have sat in darkness for many, many years. Now is the time to invest in European native missionaries.