Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, TEN believes more than ever this is a vital time to advance its commission to reach Europe with the transforming love of Christ.
“Leaving the EU clearly has implications and many uncertainties, but it doesn’t change our missional objectives, goals and purpose,” explains TEN CEO Gerry Partridge.
He added: “The need is still the same, so it is imperative that we continue in our mission to transform Europe for Christ, to share kingdom principles and demonstrate the love of Christ by sharing the holistic Gospel across our continent of Europe.”
“While we face financial uncertainty, market instability and exchange rate unpredictability, at the present time our partners and their ministry continues as before Brexit. There is no change in our activities. We will continue to help and support our partners, whether we’re in or out of the EU.”
Romans 13: 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
“It’s so reassuring to know in the midst of all this change, that God has a plan and a purpose. He is Sovereign. He sets the governments in place and we know empires will rise and fall and we can see this clearly written in the word of God.”
Gerry went on to explain how he was inspired more than ever to see TEN fulfil the commission to transform Europe one life at a time with the love of Christ, when he visited several pastors supported by TEN during a visit to Moldova just days after Britain voted to leave the EU:
“While many of the pastors were surprised and initially asked us why the UK had voted to leave the EU, after a very short discussion it was very much back to business as usual. Although Moldova is not an EU member state, the need in Moldova is just as great as it was before. Seeing first-hand the amazing ministry taking place there was such an inspiring reminder of our vision to reach Europe. This was especially the case seeing the work of Beginning of Life, which is helping so many vulnerable young people across Moldova being prevented or rescued from being exploited by human trafficking.”
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.
Gerry says this commission in Acts is more relevant than ever now, to reach our neighbouring countries in Europe for Jesus: “The Bible clearly calls us to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and then the rest of the world. So, when we go and love the people in these areas we should not forget our commission to the people of Europe as much as those in our own country, or the rest of the world. Our calling to go to Samaria, which for us is Europe, hasn’t changed.”
Gerry concluded by encouraging UK supporters to continue to stand with TEN during these uncertain times in pressing ahead with loving Europe for Christ: “We’ve already noticed a change in the funding. Where there’s been a shortfall, due to exchange rate fluctuations and the value of the British Pound falling, we’re having to pull funds from ‘where most needed’ to make up the difference, in order to send the same level of funding to our partners. So if there is anyway supporters can increase their giving that would be very helpful.”
“Now is not the time to ‘pull up the drawbridge’ and focus on our own needs in the UK. I believe this is a God-given opportunity to increase our efforts to reach out to the nations of Europe, to encourage more UK Christians and churches to support our partners and above all to pray for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.”