Athletes in Action is a part of Agape Europe, the Western European branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, an interdenominational movement that was founded in 1951 in the USA. “Agape” is the Greek word used in the Bible for God’s love. Worldwide over 36,000 staff and over 500,000 volunteers have joined us to share God’s love with the world.
Our Lord said, ‘Go into all the world’. That included Europe. He said, ‘Make disciples of all peoples’. That included our peoples. It still does.
In the first century, the followers of Jesus came to Europe. The submission of our rebellious peoples to the name of Christ brought glory to God and blessing to others beyond Europe.
The centuries that followed saw times of persecution, times of expansion, the careful copying of the Scriptures in monastic communities, travelling preachers, reformation, hymn writing, theological reflection, world missions and revival movements. Some eras brought dreadful decline, others brought optimistic growth.