Along with other important proclamation initiatives in Finland extensive Soini, Juva, Ikaalinen, Lohja and Mikkeli missions are carried out. These long-term processes that cover the whole local area are pursued in partnership with local Christians and churches. Each mission is a journey towards a common dream and every mission brings always an opportunity to learn something new - we are always looking for updates when it comes to sharing the gospel.
The preparation phase may include for example Ilkka Puhakka’s Bible teaching and Seppo Niemeläinen’s campaign training. In many cases these methods will continue throughout the mission process. Christian missions are always pursued in collaboration. For example Soini was managed by Lutheran Church, Pentecostal Church and Free Church together. Mission preparation process proceeds through working groups. Our team hopes to run alongside with them until the date of the event and even longer. The process does not to the mission event date.
In Juva first phase took place in 2014. The process itself is a co-operation process of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Pentecostal Church. People in Juva intend to take the invitation to the Mission event to every home locally similar to Soini.
Mission Ikaalinen’s planning has been going on for years already. The event itself took place last year and this year is reserved for the post event processes. In ikaalinen mission is planted into the strategy church has just adopted. Mission Europe is fulfilling same self-financed concept in the process as was carried out in Soini. In practice people are challenged and trained to act on behalf of the mission. Contents are the same but the entity is made up to fit the local culture.
Our latest process started in Mikkeli just recently - so pray for it to grow and help the local people!