THE NEED IN AUSTRIA
Although Austria is a stunningly beautiful country with a rich heritage, it is also very spiritually empty. Many Austrians believe in God, but few allow Jesus Christ to change their hearts and impact their lives. According to Operation World, less than 1% of the population of Austria is evangelical Christian and the Catholic church is in steady decline. The evangelical churches in Austria are in desperate need of workers to provide training, leadership, mentorship and discipleship for the national believers.
Other evidence of the spiritual darkness in Austria includes high rates of suicide, abortion and alcoholism; prominent sex scandals among Catholic clergy; and a decline in church attendance for the Lutheran and Reformed churches. There is also a growing refugee and immigrant community in Austria, especially in urban areas, that is in need of the gospel.
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The following video from GemStone Media provides a good overview of the spiritual need in Europe.
Why Europe? from GemStone Media on Vimeo.