Europe was once a largely Christian continent, a place where the apostles preached and countless Christian leaders hailed from. Today a small percentage of Europe is saved, and Christianity has been described as a closing door, nearly defeated. Operation Mobilisation has a heart for Europe and a longing to see the gospel reach the unsaved across the continent. In response to this need OM Lifehope coordinates a Transit Challenge, sending out teams to love, serve and proclaim Christ.
Each July a new Transit adventure begins, with 5 or 6 team members travelling around Europe in a Ford Transit van. In December 2014, Mpumi Maweni and Marvin Schaefer took over the coordination of Transit, both having served on and led teams in the past. Marvin has been on two Transit trips, once in 2012 and again in 2013. “You work in about 6-7 countries and travel through 10-15. Some countries we tend to work with more often because they are really needy or willing to have a team, but usually we pray and ask God where he wants us to go.”
While serving on Transit, Marvin and his team were involved in a variety of ministries: from harvesting olives to cleaning churches, street evangelism to kids programs, singing, praying and preaching, “You need to be flexible and available to do anything, and serve in any way.” Marvin’s experience with Transit and his encounter with Europe’s spiritual poverty developed a passion to see people come back as long-term workers. “We see God breaking participant’s hearts for different countries, and I want to help mobilise them to invest their time in those countries after their Transit trip.”
One such person is Mateo Roniller, whose time with Transit in 2014 inspired him to go into ministry long-term. For him, “Transit was an opportunity to share God’s love in a different way. In Montenegro, I saw kids who enjoyed football and sport, so when I came to England I decided to get involved in sports ministry and learn, because I want to go back to Montenegro and start a sports ministry there.”
Marvin and Mpumi hope to see as many as five teams on Transit around Europe each year. “We have more countries that want a team than we have a team for, which is why we urgently need more people to come and be a part of this journey. Our desire is to see more people join, and for people to think of Europe when they think of missions.”
“I didn’t know what to expect, but it was one of the best things I could do in my life.” Mateo Roniller
Transit runs for 6 months every year, starting in July. The team begins their journey with fellowship and training at Rome’s Transform Conference. For more information please click here.