God is moving us to Europe this summer, but we still need armor bearers that will help us gather our launch fund.
Where God guides He provides! And we believe you are part of that provision!
Europe was once the epicenter of Christianity. Now it is the least Christian continent on the planet. Two percent of European Christians say they would obey the Great Commission and now there is no effective Christian presence in Europe. Couple this with immigrants flooding the continent with people from Muslim nations and you see the need to reach this critical continent!
When Jeff was 15 God put Europe strongly on his heart and he’s been praying for Europe ever since. While Carrie was in college at Biola, God put the missions bug in her heart and while she was in her early 20’s she went on several short-term trips to places like Latvia, Thailand, and China. It was this common desire for missions that drew them together when they first met and they’ve been praying for an opportunity to go to Europe as long-term missionaries for more than 15 years! Now is the time!
What Will We Do?
Jeff will be joining a team called eDOT (electronic Discipleship, Outreach, and Training). eDOT is a consulting agency looking to come alongside other ministries to Europe, helping them be more effective through the use of technology. eDOT needs Jeff’s technical skills and professional experience. He’s spent 9 years as a technical writer in the software industry and 3 years as the Director of Publishing for a Bible study ministry.
Here are a few stories that show what eDOT does and how Jeff’s skills are needed.
How You Become Our Armor Bearer?
Read 1 Samuel 14 to see how armor bearers are much more involved in the battle than the military caddies they might seem. When it came time to fight, Jonathan's armor bearer could have run back to King Saul, or at least asked Jonathan to go back and get a few guys to help. Instead, he said, "Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul." We’re looking for people that will join us heart and soul in engaging Europe with Jesus through friendship and technology (1 Sam. 14).
If everything falls together like we see it, we are moving to Europe this summer. However, for this to happen we're expecting God to move on our behalf. We believe you are here, reading this right now because God has asked you to be one of our armor bearers. Before we can leave, we need to gather our launch fund (see below for the breakdown). Please give what the Lord is asking you to give, be it large or small.
If you'd like to give monthly, PLEASE visit www.engageeurope.com/give.
Whether you give monthly or one time, please send us an email at the same time. We'd love to say thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, our monthly supporters have already started building our launch fund and have already funded expenses not included below! All monthly amounts that come into GEM currently go into our Launch Fund.
Launch Fund Breakdown
(6 weeks of prep for the whole family)
(We've got to get there)
$4,000 = $1,000 x 4
(Moving our furniture, etc.)
Realtor Fees & Kitchen Sink
(Yes, Kitchen Sink! European apartments typically don't come with pre-installed kitchens!)
$11,600 = €8,855*
New Home Expenses
(Ever start a new household?)
$8,953 = €6,834*
(Do you have a car?)
$16,400 = €12,525*
German Language School
(Rosetta Stone is good, but not enough)
$13,100 = €10,000*
(You never know what might happen)
(One of two certain things in this life)
* Euro (€) conversions based on 1 US dollar buying 0.76 Euros.
Greater Europe Mission is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
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