This little 12×12 ft (or 4m x 4m!) chapel was not far from where we stayed in Germany. We passed it almost every day. In much of Europe, Christianity is a relic of the past, and church buildings the memorials that honor that heritage. As we pondered this little chapel, we wondered, does it ever open? If so, who has the keys? Our suspicion is that it is just another architectural artifact. Fittingly, the inscription above the door reads:
“the Spirit, that hovered above the water,
the son that lived with fisherman,
the father who gave us this lake,
which were worshipped at this location.”
I recently went on a mission trip to Germany. Yes, Germany. The land of the Protestant Reformation. And yes, mission trip. As in, working with missionaries who have devoted their lives to taking the gospel to those who live there.
While we weren’t doing evangelical ministry (we were primarily serving the missionaries), we had an opportunity to speak with many of them and pick their brains about what ministry looks like in Europe.
There is so much I could say that one post just won’t cover it, so over the next week or two I will be sharing thoughts from our trip and observations about the landscape of Christianity in Europe.
1. The Hills are Alive!
2. A Camel, A Needle, and Religion in Europe