Gateway to Europe
Why? Brussels is the capital of the European Union & headquarters for NATO. The most influential decisions affecting the world today are taking place in Brussels.
Why? Evangelicals are less than 1% of the population. Of the 2,500 districts in Belgium, 2,200 have no evangelical church.
Why? Brussels is home to the largest number of ambassadors in the world.
Why? Belgium is a tri-language and people group nation. The Flemish population is around 6 million, while the French-speaking population is just over 3 million. The divisions need healing.
Why? In the 1500’s, the Spanish Inquisition destroyed 600 churches that embraced Reformed teachings. An estimated 18,000 believers were burned at the stake. It is time for the martyrs to be redeemed.
- Belgium is a population dense country with just over 10 million people living in an area about the size of the state of Maryland. The coastline stretches only forty miles along the North Sea – the English Channel. Other borders include the Netherlands to the north east, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast and France to the west.
- The capital of Belgium is Brussels, with a population just under a million and nearly 30% foreign residents. Belgium created the union of nations known Benelux, which paved the way for the European Community. The government has been a constitutional monarchy since 1830 and is ruled by a king. There is also an elected prime minister.
- Like most of Europe, having a relationship with God is considered outdated. Currently, evangelicals are less than 1% of the population. Other religions are represented by 4.5% of the Catholic majority attend church regularly; 3% Muslim; 0.32% Jewish; 0.1 % Buddhist; and 7.2 % non-religious. Dominant thinking is humanism with a large Free Mason population. Belgium is the 2nd country in the world to legalize both euthanasia and same-sex marriage.
- One unusual characteristic of Belgium is that it is deliberately a tri-language and people group nation: the Flemish, the Wallons (French-speaking) and the Germans. This interface challenges people to be comfortable with a wide variety of people. It is often called “The Crossroads of Europe”.