The Rev. Jerry Rankin, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board declared at the summer assembly of the European Baptist Convention at Interlaken, Switzerland, that "Europe's unchurched millions are as much a mission field as the most isolated people group in Africa or Asia."
Remote people groups of Africa, Central Asia or the Middle East "are no more lost and separated from God than those (in Europe) who in their pride and secular humanism walk the streets in the shadows of the great cathedrals but have never, never experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ."
More than 800 Baptists from 60 English-speaking churches across the continent attended the annual July gathering. Mr Rankin repeatedly urged European Baptists to lift up Jesus Christ as he drove home the assembly's theme, "Lift Him Up," based on John 12:32.
Source: (Baptist Press)
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