Area: 22,978,500 sq km
74% is in the Russian Federation. This is 17% of the earth’s surface.
Population: 732,758,546 Annual Growth: 0.10%
Largest Religion: Christian
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Socio-cultural trends that open doors for Christian witness:
Disillusionment with the emptiness of enforced secularism and hyper-modernity leads to a new interest in spirituality and the metaphysical. Presented rightly, Jesus is of great appeal to such seekers.
Upheaval and uncertainty in economics and politics, civic disintegration, violence and crime likewise cause many to ask questions about morals and meaning.
Militant atheism with strong anti-Christian, anti-religious rhetoric in some parts of the EU is strident and ugly enough in character to cause many to reconsider questions of faith and God.
The influx of non-Christian religions into Europe raises the issue of the religious identity of Europe as a civilization, both in history and for the future.
Christian immigration has brought the presence of dynamic and lively congregations into nearly every part of Europe. African, Caribbean, Latin American and Asian churches are bringing a new and much-needed confidence to the Church scene, reminding all that Christianity is a truly global faith.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Europe.