The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

— Exodus 14:14

Please pray for Germany’s future government. After the elections, the parties will meet for exploratory talks on who can form a government with whom. The goal is to have a new government in office by Christmas. It will not be easy to agree on common goals as the parties have different priorities. May God call women and men who are wise like Daniel or Joseph in their responsibilities and listen to Him. May they come to good agreements that are fair and bring good change to the multi-faceted needs of our nation.

Thank God for a virtual prayer meeting for Vietnam that took place from October 4-8. People from different counties, young and old, Germans and ethnic Vietnamese, participated and it was very encouraging. May God give spiritual breakthrough in Vietnam and among Vietnamese. May God give more joy and passion for prayer in Germany.

Thank God for new applicants and candidates from OMF Germany . We are grateful for those who are interested in Serve Asia ministry. We were able to send two young women to work at a boarding home in Thailand. Please pray that they will settle in well, build good relationships within the dorms and at the school.

OMF Germany still has some colleagues waiting for their visas for their host countries. The wait is getting harder and harder. Please pray for them: a single woman going to Japan, a couple (with children) to Taiwan, and several others to Southeast Asia. Please pray that they will experience God’s special blessing during this time of (long) waiting and that they will grow in their relationship with Him and that He may give them special assignments back home.

Thank God that, after many obstacles and uncertainties, two OMF Germany workers were finally able to enter Thailand for their first term. Please pray for a good adjustment to the culture, language, climate and new home after the quarantine.

Country Profile

As Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation, Germany is a key member in the European Union (EU). Germany was a founding member of the EU, and a strong advocate of the world’s largest common market, its economic and monetary union, and a joint European foreign policy. Politically, Germany is becoming more of a global player through its significant role in the EU. It has taken its place in several peace-building operations, and contributed to peace talks around the world.

Economically, Germany is doing very well. National debt has been declining steadily since 2012, and the unemployment rate is declining (3.6% – August 2017). Financially, the Euro debt crisis has not impacted the country as badly as other European nations.

People in Germany enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The German Basic Law protects freedom of religion. In effect, what this means is that nobody may be discriminated based on their religious beliefs. There is no “state church”. Politics and religion are kept separate, and religion is largely a private matter. Government schools do offer religious instruction, with some states offering instruction in the Islamic religion.

The religious landscape in Germany is increasingly plural and secular. The huge influx of refugees has had a big impact on German society and integration is challenging. Christians play a big part in welcoming the refugees, but are often frustrated by the lack of cross-cultural sensitivity. 59% of Germans call themselves Christians, but the Catholic Church has seen a decline with many leaving the Church. This, coupled with an aging congregation, are causing the number of believers to fall. In east Germany especially, the number of Christian believers are very low, with over 50% professing to be atheists. Meanwhile, the Protestant Church struggles with a shallow and liberal theology. Evangelical churches still need to find their role in German society. Islam is gaining in significance due to migration. There are an estimated four million Muslims in Germany from 50 different nations, and significant Muslim communities have formed in many cities.

OMF Germany was founded in 1967, although German Christians had served with the China Inland Mission (CIM) long before then. The OMF Germany team continues to send out missionaries to Asia and to work in church planting ministries among the Asian diaspora living in Germany. In recent years, the establishment of a high impact volunteer system has helped increase the scope and variety of ministry opportunities.

OMF Germany Map

Population

  • Total: 82 million
    • German: 91.5%
    • Turkish: 2.4%
    • Others: 6.1% (mainly Polish, Italian, Romanian, Syrian and Greek)

Religions

  • Christian: 59%
  • Non-religious: 30%
  • Muslim: 5.5%
  • Buddhist: 0.3%
  • Jewish: 0.25%

Lord, we praise you for stable relationships with the German churches and for faithful supporters over the years. Thank you for using your people in Germany to grow your church among East Asia’s peoples. We pray that you will strengthen the churches in Germany, and continue to raise up and send out cross-cultural workers.

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