Sharing the Gospel in Berlin, Germany
Organized by: Gabrielle Myrice
During a recent trip to Berlin, we asked a college student, "Do you know anyone who believes in God?" She said without hesitation, "No I don't know anyone! My parents were raised in East Berlin and they were not allowed to believe-- and so I have never heard anything about him." Another student said, "I think the Bible is a book with a black cover, and that's all." And still another asked, "Is Christmas the day that Jesus died?"
24 years ago communism and the Berlin Wall fell in Germany. Today the population of Berlin is made up of people from over 190 nations! 1 out of every 7 Berliners is a foreigner. Over 200,000 Turks call Berlin home. It is the most influential city in all of Western Europe. And who is bringing the good news to these people? There are less than 3% of evangelicals in the city.
Berlin is in great need of laborers! In the entire country of Germany there are less than 15 German Campus Staff to fulfill the spiritual needs of and outreach to students, with over 160,000 students in Berlin alone. We college students have heard the call, and this summer, students from colleges across the Great Lakes region are spending 5 weeks on college campuses in Berlin talking to students and building the foundation for a self-sustaining ministry program that can reach out, as well as support new believers in their walk with Jesus.
I'm Gabby Myrice, and I am one of many at CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) who think a city shouldn't be overlooked because of it's first-world status. Everyone deserves the chance to hear the Gospel!