While the Trans-European region is the smallest world division of the Adventist Church, God is doing big things there. God is using people with the kind of big vision Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel sought to reward through the Nobel Prizes.
For evidence of God’s hand at work, check out the IMPACT movement started by Adventist young people in Norway.
When a young person decides to join the IMPACT movement they first attend a conference focused on personal revival and mission.
Next up is a two-week summer mission trip where new missionaries receive training in outreach and witnessing.
The third step is mission training at Matteson mission school, which prepares young people for the fourth step of lifelong service.
Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen is home to a creative form of outreach involving a second-hand store called Happy Hand.
It all started with Arne and Brit Elkjaer driving around in the cold of winter and handing out food and clothes to those in need.
The project blossomed into a ministry of caring as the couple moved the operation to a physical store with high-quality merchandise and a 30-strong warm and friendly staff.
But Happy Hand is more than a store. It has a pastor available for guidance, offers a place to make prayer requests and holds seminars on important lifestyle topics. After the store closes, small groups meet for Bible studies.
It is exciting to see how God is working through the creative minds and big hearts of His people in the Trans-European Division.