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Country Profile: Belgium / België / Belgique

For more information: www.be.om.org

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Diamonds and lace, French fries and waffles, quaint houses and gothic cathedrals… sandwiched between France, Luxembourg, Germany and The Netherlands, Belgium is a small and prosperous nation with a proud heritage.

Though small, Belgium is plays host to the European Union headquarters and NATO in its capital city, Brussels.

Once a traditional Catholic country, 21st Century Belgium has a liberal socialist government that has introduced secular legislation including laws permitting homosexual marriage and euthanasia.  The social care system is seen as one of the best in the world and recent studies show that most Belgians feel very happy about their lives.

Statistics cannot explain the spiritual need.  Belgium has lost its Christian values – its people are without hope and without God.  There is a tiny evangelical church, between 0.7 and 1% of the population of 10 million, but the overwhelming majority of Belgians are completely ignorant of – and totally indifferent to – the Gospel.   People don’t know Jesus… and most don’t want to know.

Empowered by God and in partnership with other Christian organisations and churches, OM Belgium is working for change.

Working alongside Churches

OM Belgium seeks to encourage the Church in Belgium by offering training in missions and evangelism, short-term evangelism teams and longer term partnership through year teams.   

The OM Belgium team is committed to providing opportunities for Belgian Christians to serve in their own country or in other parts of the world. 

TeenStreet and Tim

With one full time worker and a team of dedicated volunteers, OM Belgium is exciting the next generation by involving teens in TeenStreet and creating opportunities for them to get involved throughout the year in Teens In Missions and many other events.

Serving OM International

OM Belgium’s ZavCentre is ideally situated close to Brussels airport and provides hospitality to OM workers from across the world.  The conference centre is used for international meetings and training events throughout the year, providing a vital service to OM International.

 

Nederlands

 

Diamanten en kant, friet en wafels, aardig ouderwetse huizen en gotische kathedralen… samengeperst tussen Frankrijk, Luxemburg, Duitsland en Nederland is België een kleine en welvarende natie met een trots erfgoed.

Ook al is België klein, functioneert zij wel als gastheer voor het hoofdkwartier van de Europese Unie en de NAVO in de hoofdstad, Brussel.

Eens een traditioneel Katholiek land, heeft het België van de 21ste eeuw een liberale socialistische regering die een seculiere wetgeving heeft geïntroduceerd, inclusief wetten die het homohuwelijk en euthanasie toestaan. Het sociale zorgsysteem is één van de beste in de wereld en recente studies laten zien dat de meeste Belgen zich heel gelukkig voelen met hun leven.

Statistieken kunnen de geestelijke nood niet uitleggen. België heeft zijn Christelijke waarden verloren – de mensen zijn zonder hoop en zonder God. Er is een kleine evangelische kerk, tussen 0.7 en 1% van een bevolking van 10 miljoen, maar de overweldigende meerderheid van de Belgen zijn volledig onbewust en totaal onverschillig ten opzicht van het Evangelie. Mensen kennen Jezus niet…en de meesten willen Hem niet kennen.

Gemachtigd door God en in samenwerking met andere Christelijke organisaties en kerken is OM bezig hier verandering in te brengen.

Samenwerkend met Kerken

OM België streeft ernaar om de Kerk in België te bemoedigen door trainingen in zending en evangelisatie, door korttermijn evangelisatieteams en langtermijn partnerschap door jaarteams.

Het OM België team is erop toegespitst om te voorzien in gelegenheden waar Belgische Christenen kunnen dienen in hun eigen land of in andere delen van de wereld.

TeenStreet en TiM

Met één voltijdse medewerker en een team van toegewijde vrijwilligers maakt OM België de volgende generatie enthousiast door tieners te betrekken in TeenStreet en mogelijkheden te creëren om ze te betrekken in ‘Teens in Missions’ en andere evenementen doorheen het jaar.

OM Internationaal dienen

Het ‘ZavCentre’ van OM België is ideaal gelegen vlakbij Brussels International Airport en voorziet in de gastvrije ontvangst van OM werkers van over de hele wereld. Het conferentiecentrum wordt het hele jaar door gebruikt voor internationale vergaderingen en trainingen en verstrekt zo een essentiële dienst aan OM Internationaal.

Als je meer wilt weten? Kijk op: www.be.om.org

Missions Gallery
Belgium

Belgium :: “One of the visions that inspires me to keep going and keep sharing is the vision in Revelation where people from every tongue and tribe and nation will be around the throne of the Lamb someday, worshiping the King of kings forever. And I just want to bring more people along with me to that gathering. I look forward to seeing some of these people that I am serving now alongside me on that day, praising and worshiping God for the rest of eternity.” - Rachelle from Monaco, OM Belgium
Belgium :: Red Cross ambulance at the airport in Zaventem. Red Cross volunteers and OM Belgium team members Lucas and Debora Fingerlin served in the Zaventem airport right after the bombings.
Belgium :: Red Cross volunteers and OM Belgium team members Lucas and Debora Fingerlin served in the Zaventem airport right after the bombings.
Belgium :: The beautiful historic buildings of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: The beautiful historic buildings of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: The beautiful historic buildings of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: During the OM Arts training conference in Belgium, artists walked through the city praying for doors of opportunity for ministry.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: The beautiful historic church buildings of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: The beautiful roses of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: The beautiful roses of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: The beautiful windows of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia
Belgium :: The beautiful windows of Belgium provided inspiration to artists during the OM Arts SALT 2015 event.  
Photo by Julia

Recent Stories
Belgium

Living out faith in a Red Cross uniform

OM team members Lucas and Debora Fingerlin experienced the bombings in Belgium firsthand as Red Cross volunteers.

‘Sweet’ music in the ‘sweetest’ town in Belgium

Offering concerts in private settings in Tienen, Belgium, proves effective in connecting with youth.

Sharing Christ in Belgium

Personal friendships combined with special events prove effective in sharing Christ with Belgians.

An opportunity to share Christ at Easter

For a young family in Belgium Easter provided a great opportunity to invite neighbours to church.

Community outreach leads to new church

A new church in Tienen begins as a result of an OM outreach done in partnership with a church in...

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Recent Mission Opportunities
Belgium

Cook

Just outside Brussels, in a town called Zaventem, OM has an internationally used conference facility called ZavCentre. ZavCentre provides up...

Start Date: as soon as possible
· Commitment Length: as long as possible
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Artist - Dance

Are you passionate about sharing the love of Jesus through dance?  OM Belgium has an opportunity for you to join...

Start Date: as soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 2-3 years
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Artists - Visual

Do you want to use your art and design talents to portray spiritual scenes or explain sacred concepts or themes? ...

Start Date: as soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 2-3 years
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