IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Germany

Europe faces increasing challenges, with so-called ‘tolerance’ from a secular agenda on the one hand, combined with authorities’ uncertainty about how to handle the growing influence of Islam on the other. There are increasing restrictions on religious activities on campuses and national movements need your prayers for wisdom, creativity and boldness. In countries where Christianity has been oppressed for many years, where the national churches are young, and believers are few, we pray that student movements will raise up godly alumni to impact these challenging societies with the gospel.

Germany is a widely secularized country with strong, long-standing Protestant and Roman Catholic church traditions. There is a small but lively evangelical community, spread amongst the mainline churches and in a variety of free churches and movements.

One of the most exciting things for SMD in the last three years has been the performance of the Mark Drama in 37 cities. An average of 100 to 200 people attended each performance, many of them non-Christians.

SMD students are highly capable: they run their programmes by themselves, with staff members only needed for group support, and the training and mentoring of individuals. In many cases student programmes are highly creative.

There are two main challenges the movement faces. One is an increasing hostility on campus from atheist groups and individuals. The second is the failure in churches to provide strong biblical teaching or to model a missional lifestyle. This has meant that many students who come from churches no longer bring either biblical knowledge or a zeal for mission when they join a student group.

View from the inside:

Gernot Spies is SMD’s General Secretary and is driven by these words from 1 Peter 3:15: ‘But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.’

Please pray:

  • for SMD’s bi-annual student conferences of around 1000 participants
  • for a deeper biblical knowledge within student’s lives