|Budapest at center; Eastern Europe is highlighted in yellow|
During the fifty years that communism kept this region in captivity, their was no freedom of worship. And although the political changes in 1990 brought a greater freedom, which allowed the disciples of Christ to do great exploits for the Lord over the past twenty-two years, there is still a great need. Eastern Europe is still a very dark place. Less than ten percent of the people in these countries are evangelical. And many of the evangelical churches are steeped in formalism. All the same social problems that plague the US and western Europe have now been imported -- immorality, pornography, hedonism, materialism, alcoholism, drug addiction, divorce, abortion, and suicide.
However, before we came to Hungary, the Lord gave us a vision for Eastern Europe. We felt that through the power of the Holy Spirit, there was going to be such an impact of the gospel on Budapest that it would ripple all across Europe and Russia. We saw it like the epicenter of an earthquake, where there are concentric waves pulsing outward from here.
Amazingly, we have received confirmation of this from the disciples here! Although we never mentioned it to our brother in the Lord, David, he told Len that historically, Hungary has been the origin for revolutionary movements. And he said that there have been prophetic words within the churches that Hungary is going to be an epicenter for a great spiritual revival, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit across Europe. He said the Lord has given this vision to multiple disciples here, and we see it as an amazing confirmation of our own vision.
Please pray along these lines that the vision would come to pass. The Holy Spirit has essential and central role in the advance of God's kingdom. This is the only way this continent will be reached with the gospel, not by man's efforts. We need an outpouring of the Holy Spirit here!
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International. He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.