It’s exciting to see what’s happening in Scandinavia right now. Sweden’s starting point for revival is perfect – we are one of the most secularised countries in the world, xenophobia and racism is spreading, the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer – in other words, we’re desperate for something that will turn everything upsidedown. And there are so many disciples that are desperate for this. So many are not only praying for revival, but acting revival, spreading the Kingdom on the streets, in the schools, on the Internet -everywhere! Let me give you some examples of what is going on:
Cessationism is dead in Sweden. I have met one Swedish cessationist in my lifetime, and he wasn’t very young. Among the youth, charismatic theology is almost universal, and more and more are praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And we’re less focused on people and more on God. This weekend hundreds of people gathered in Stockholm for a Heaven Now conference with students from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in California. No big names, just students. And God was there, and people were so hungry, and after they prayed and worshipped they went out on the streets to share the love of God with others.
And we do see a lot on the streets. Me myself is leading street evangelist groups, several others are going out regularly to pray for the sick and preach the Gospel. My friend Durckheim Blessing is seeing a lot, as is evident in the clip above. More and more people start questioning the tradititional, unbibilical way of doing church where the service really isn’t a service but a internal concert followed by a lecture, more and more people wants to go out, take risks, connect with strangers and see daily miracles and conversions.
Again, this is very clear among the youth. I have the privilege of being one of the admins of a Facebook groups with 6000 members, mostly young Christians, who share testimonies, prayer requests and encouragement. An organisation called New Generation has planted hundreds of Christian school groups across Sweden’s high schools and colleges, and is larger than all the political parties’ youth branches combined!
New Generation is clearly evangelical and charismatic. Once, the secular media tried to frame them as an extremist organization, highlighting that “they believe that God can heal cancer.” Well, we all do.
We hear a lot of prophecies about revival in Sweden, and I am hopeful that this lies not far away. And what really gets me excited is that the Swedish revivalists are very open for peace and justice. The biggest Christian youth event preaches pacifism. Shane Claiborne is extremely popular among the charismatic youth. So is Heidi Baker and Iris Global. Perhaps God put me in Sweden just to see and minister in the revival I long for – that combines miracles, evangelism and activism.