On my recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal, I interview 19 missionary couples, teams, or individuals. All but 2 or 3 are working in Europe. I noticed a common theme--they don't see immediate fruit for their labor. In some cases, it took years before they saw any fruit at all. It's not for lack of effort; it just takes time. In Europe, church planting comes after relationship building, and that first step can be very slow. But, as these missionaries build relationships, plant seeds, and establish churches, let's pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit to sweep across the entire continent of Europe.
(Photo of Ken Dugan, Senior Pastor of Dallas Bay Baptist Church, Hixson, TN)