2009 looks to be a year of narrowed focus of outreach to Muslims for Greater Europe Mission.
Islam is already the fastest-growing religion in Europe. Over the last 30 years, the number of Muslims on the continent has tripled. Demographers believe the trend will continue in the coming decades.
GEM President Henry Deneen says they wanted to establish a "beachhead" for ministry in light of these reports.
Advances in the Muslim world could start with non-Arab Muslims in places like Turkey. GEM’s teams have established two "breakthrough" cities in Cologne, Germany and Sophia, Bulgaria. "We’re seeing a corridor running from Germany through Bulgaria down into Turkey. We’re trying to focus prayer, people and resources on those two cities to impact not only the indigenous European populations but also the Muslim populations."
According to GEM, Muslims in Europe have more freedom to explore Christ than in their home countries. Those who have begun to follow Christ want to share their new hope with people in their home countries, many of whom are living through unrest and are seeking spiritual answers.