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By Ed Hembree
To write of one decade of
missionary progress
in Europe is but to record the
blink of an eye. In reality, ten
years of activity is one brief
snapshot in the album of
centuries of missionary work
in Europe. When the Apostle Paul received
his Macedonian Call in Acts 16:6–10, Europe
became the very first mission field visited
by missionaries in obedience to the Great
Commission. Paul entered Greece almost
2,000 years ago and introduced the Gospel
of Christ in Europe. Since that beginning,
Christian Missions has continued throughout
the centuries. Sometimes, the church grew
dramatically; other times, it ebbed and
occasionally even went underground, but the
light of the Gospel was never extinguished. The
imperative to evangelize and plant churches has
continued to this day. Each new generation of
Europeans needed and still needs to be reached
with the message of the cross. Even though
there are almost 2,000 years of missionary
history, Europe, as in every other place, is but
one generation from darkness.

of souls have been led to Christ and hundreds
of churches have been started and turned
over to national leadership. Christian camps
have been organized, reaching thousands of
children every summer. A number of Bible
institutes and at least two Bible colleges have
been established to train national pastors and
church workers; many have helped orphans
and widows and have participated in other
church planting related ministries.

The history of BIMI missionaries in Europe
began in 1962, 58 years ago! From that first
couple who went to Spain, the BIMI family
of missionaries in Europe grew to over 120
missionaries at one point in time. Thousands
Exciting things have been happening in this
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With the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989,
the numbers of BIMI missionaries in Europe
grew dramatically. Of course, after a time the
“new” field of East Europe was not “new”
anymore. The question was if God would
continue to call laborers to His harvest field
in Europe? Are there servants who would be
willing to go to the many countries and the
750 million souls? Would churches still feel
the burden to support missionaries to Europe?
I sincerely praise the Lord that the answer to
all three questions is YES! God is still calling
laborers; Christians are still surrendering and
obeying His call; and churches are still sending,
praying for, and supporting missionaries to
European countries.

1. We have seen several “second
generation” missionaries go back to
their fields. Ukraine, Ireland, and



Romania have received Ambassadors of
Christ who are a product of their parents’
ministry. 2. After 50 years of labor in Europe, this
decade BIMI was able to witness the
opening up of four brand new countries to
our missionaries. We have missionaries in
Republic of Georgia, Greece, Finland, and
Croatia—all new fields for us! Praise the
Lord! 3. Replacement missionaries are being called
by God to fill the shoes of those who have
fought the good fight and have finished
their course. Spain, Germany, Scotland,
Ireland, England, Belarus, and Israel
have all received young, energetic, and
motivated missionaries to continue the
work and plant churches for the glory of
God. 4. Our veteran missionaries in more than 20
countries in Europe continue to see people
accept Christ, nationals surrender and
train, and churches organize. The Gospel
has taken root in so many places!
So often we think of Europe as a graveyard for
missions. This is not true! For the missionary who
is God-called, there awaits a fertile field. Yes, it
will require tilling the soil, preparing the seedbed,
planting and watering the seed of the Gospel, and
cultivating to keep out the weeds—but for the
committed missionary who is willing to invest his/
her life, there WILL be a reaping, a harvest.

This decade has truly been a DECADE OF
PROGRESS! As I write this and reflect on what has
been done, I cannot help but LOOK FORWARD
to what will be done in the next decade. Perhaps a
decade is only a snapshot in the album of history.

However, brief moments of time can be most
important! If you were a European in darkness and
a missionary came and showed you the light of the
Gospel, it would be the most important snapshot
in all history!
Thank you for praying and for supporting BIMI
missionaries throughout Europe. We are your
co-laborers in this great harvest field. It is an honor
to represent you in the regions beyond. We sincerely
do desire fruit that may abound to your account
(Philippians 4:17). W
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