Jessica serves with OM in Belgium in a team of 47 workers with the vision to see a vibrant community of Jesus followers in each of the 375 unchurched districts.

During her first months in Belgium, she has been developing her evangelistic gifts combined with her professional training as a musician to serve at outreach events and church plants.

Classical music is a key part of Belgian culture so being a professional musician allows friendships to develop that lead to evangelistic conversations. God has opened doors to conversations with musicians who have never heard about Jesus.

Jessica is passionate about serving those who society may forget. Currently, she is developing her language skills in a therapeutic play project for child refugees at a centre in Brussels.

Jessica feels called to serve in Belgium for the long term. She is excited to see how God continues to use her combination of gifts and skills in this nation of deep spiritual need.

About Belgium:

Having been one of the most religious nations in Western Europe, Belgium is now the most secular. Two-thirds of the population say they do not believe in God, and just 14% say they believe in ‘the God of the Bible. There are more than ten times as many avowed atheists as evangelical Christians, and five times as many as Catholics who attend mass regularly.

375 out of 581 districts have no Protestant or Evangelical church, and these are by and large the same districts where Catholic Churches no longer hold regular services or see congregations of under 10, perhaps just once a month. Half of all indigenous Belgians live in these districts. The average population of a district is 19,500.

Belgium has the highest suicide rate in Western Europe, has had the world’s highest divorce rate, and was the first nation to introduce child euthanasia. 2/3 of Belgians say they believe there is no God or spiritual world, but 1/3 say they believe in the occult. At 14%, Belgium has the highest proportion of atheists in Western Europe. Also at 14%, it has the lowest proportion of people who say they believe in 'the God of the Bible'—specifically that they believe God is able to influence the affairs of the world. However, 44% believe their lives are controlled by Fate.

Belgium is a modern, prosperous nation with great art, great food and a great welcome—but it is also a nation in deep spiritual need, and is among the world's 1/3 least evangelised nations. Just one in two hundred indigenous Belgians are evangelical believers.

OM’s vision worldwide is ‘we want to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached'.
OM’s vision in Belgium is to see a vibrant community of Jesus followers in each of the currently 375 unchurched districts. We also want to see one in ten of Belgians identify themselves as ‘followers of Jesus’.

Mobilising a movement:
To see a church in every district and one believer among ten Belgians is beyond the ability of OM, or any other mission. We need to see the Belgian indigenous church and the rapidly growing immigrant church take up the challenge of bringing in the Belgian harvest.

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