'New generation' youths evangelizing schools in Scandinavia

( [email protected] ) Mar 15, 2004 02:54 PM EST

An energetic band of young Christians is aggressively evangelizing students in Scandinavian schools to counter an increasingly secular Europe.

Started at Oslo University in 1996, New Generation has more than 10,000 participants who view their schools throughout Norway and Sweden as a mission field. Students have been leading outreach events and holding prayer meetings on their campuses while seeking creative ways of evangelizing.

Swedish national leader Joakim Lundqvist said that one team raised more than $12,000 in just three weeks, enough to purchase Bibles as Christmas gifts for all their schoolmates. The group, not content just in handing out Bibles, also wrapped each Bible and included a personal greeting. "Our goal in Sweden is to present Jesus to every student, every year," Lundqvist said. "School is where everyone is; the whole coming society is there. We want to see New Generation in every school."

The first New Generation International Conference, set for September 29 to October 3 will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

[Sources: Religion Today/Charisma News Service]