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.

‘In every city there are two cities’, said St. Augustine, ‘the city of man and the city of God’. Both continue to develop side by side until the end. Christ himself said, “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world and then the end will come.” Yet we also read, “Evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse.” Both will happen at the same time.

The opportunity to shape a new era is now being given to us, the Church in Europe, by God’s grace and enabling. Both of Augustine’s two cities are still with us. If we only concentrate on the city of man (which will get worse and worse) we will ask, “Is this where history is being written today?” If we follow our calling to build the city of God our question will be, “Why don’t we write the history today!”

The core of Athletes in Action’s contribution as part of Agape/CCCI is to win, build and send Jesus followers who build movements among students and current leaders in key influential centres. Agape has a part to play in the Church’s task. We are only a part of the greater enterprise of God’s people in Europe – but we do have a part. Come & let’s play it with all our heart.