It was April 2014, I was in Bible College on a mission trip in Belgium. I was in a car with three other girls who were my classmates and we were on our way to our next ministry destination. I remember I was looking out the window, blankly staring at the passing landscape when I was suddenly struck with an overwhelming sense of peace. I heard God quietly speak, “You’re supposed to come back”. I wasn’t sure what it meant, all I could understand was that God was moving my heart for a country that at 0.7% Evangelical Christian, it was in need of hope and God’s love, the same hope and love I received in accepting Christ. I remember leaving Belgium with the thought that this was the country that God was calling me to. But... I still had almost two years of school left. I put the longing and the itching feeling of being called to Belgium away as I focused on finishing bible school. My whole purpose in attending bible school was to equip me and grow me for the calling I received to go to a forgotten nation and expand God's Kingdom in 2013. A nation that is no longer evangelize but it is civilize, which is the reason why no one sees the need anymore, the country is simply forgotten. Two years later I graduated college and I heard the whisper again, God was saying it's time. I decided to go back to Brussels for a second trip to seek confirmation as to what God was leading me to be part of. And on that second trip God continued to fill me with the same overwhelming peace I had felt my first time. But on this trip I gained a clearer vision for what God wants to do. There’s a field of need for His love in Belgium, and the young people that need to be reached, need to be poured into, need to know that God loves them and that He is the way. He is the only way.
Population: 11 million
- Main city and the capital of the European Union and is where the European Parliament, NATO and many international firms are headquartered.
Europe and Belgium as a whole are known for it's deep roots in the Roman catholic church, but as centuries has pass, and scandals with the catholic church have come up it has led a strong majority of the 11 million population to become more secular leaving its catholic roots behind.
There is a tiny evangelical church, between 0.7 and 1% of the population of 11 million, but the overwhelming majority of Belgians identify themselves as Roman Catholic which falls around a 60% percent of population, but only 7% attend mass occasionally, the 35% consider themselves non - religious, and in recent years Brussels is now considered the most radical islamic city across Europe.
- Even though it is known as a catholic country, Belgian society is post-Christian and materialist philosophically; most are atheist or agnostic. Youth culture is especially negative, full of low self - esteem and promiscuity. Speaking of God openly and positively is frowned upon or ridiculed.
- There is a spiritual heaviness among the Belgian people of hopelessness and doubt. Wounds they've carried, and have let them give up on wanting to hear the truth of what the Gospel brings, which is faith, hope, and love. Young people have turned away from the church, and because of the hardships and pressure of school, the last thing they want to do is read which has been a setback for them to open their bibles.