What is Luxembourg like?

Luxembourg is a small, wealthy and landlocked country in Western Europe. It is the world's second largest investment fund centre (after the United States) and the most important private banking centre in the Eurozone. Nevertheless, it has high suicide rates among young people and there is a lot of drug abuse.

Luxembourg has been a traditional Roman Catholic country for a long time. There was no reformation here but a very strong Catholic counter-reformation. For this reason, a lot of people would categorise evangelical churches as sects. As for so many countries in the west, Luxembourg has become a very secular country. A great shift is currently occurring in Luxembourg, where people do not see a need for church or for God.

Most of the Christians attending evangelical churches are immigrants. There are multiple French-, German-, English-, and Portuguese-speaking churches, but meetings in Luxembourgish are hard to find. The relationships among the churches have greatly improved over the past years.

Luxembourg is a very international country. Almost half of the inhabitants are immigrants. The three official languages are French, German and Luxembourgish. The new testament was published for the first time in Luxembourgish on October 2017. We are hoping to study the Bible in Luxembourgish with students in the future.

What does the Team do?

Luxembourg is in a pioneering stage. In 2007 four graduates founded a national student association, after having had regular meetings and Bible studies for some time. In 2008 they reached out to IFES for help. In September 2016 IFES was finally able to send in a team of two people to help re-pioneer the national movement.

Now we are a small and very international student group that has been meeting weekly since January 2017. The students are enthusiastic about reaching out to fellow studetns and are organizing social events where they can invite their seeking friends and new students. 

Luxembourg has one public university across three campuses and has a large number of international students. They have study programs in four different languages: English, French, German and Luxembourgish. The local students are the most difficult to get to know. 

The team consists at the moment of one long-term Team Leader and one volunteer staff. Have you considered taking your bachelor or masters degree in Luxembourg? The university also has multiple PhD programs. We need more Christian students to come and join the ministry and share their love for Jesus with others. We need also new full-time staff as one of the staff is on parental leave. If you have any questions or want to know more, send us an"

Please pray....

- For the IFES team and the new national committe as they establish a national movement

- For the small group of Christian students, for good ideas and motivation to reach out

- For more Christian students joining the group, espeically local Luxembourgish students

 - For another team member and for Christian students that want to serve as leaders in the group