OLDENBURG, German - European society has been called post-modern and post-Christian. Some even say it's the new dark continent.
Recently more than 3,000 young people from 40 European nations met in Germany to explore ways to bring new life to the continent.
Mission-Net Congress director Andy Juliff says after more than two years of preparation for this event he's extremely encouraged by the response of these young European Christians to take up the challenge of reaching people for Christ.
But the challenges still remain particularly in reaching out to the Muslim population of Europe.
One of the main speakers to highlight this issue was Dutchman Brother Andrew, best known as God's smuggler and founder of Open Doors which regularly travels throughout the Middle East reaching out to the Islam community.
Another prominent speaker at the Mission-Net Congress 2009 was Founder of Operation Mobilisation, George Verwer, and he also acknowledged the current challenges for missions work in western Europe.
A native Slovenian and citizen of Croatia, Peter Kuzmic is a professor of world missions and European studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and he believes the future of Europe's church lies with the next generation of young believers.
And these young missionaries certainly believe that hope could become a reality judging by the response of those attending the Congress.
So despite the challenges of living in this post-Christian society the young European believers leave this Congress better equipped to carry on the work of fulfilling the Great Commission.
*Originally Published April 18, 2009