In the olden days, the "Great commission" to spread the word of God to all corners of the world, saw European missionaries come to Africa to win souls for the Lord. Today, there is a reverse revolution. More and more African missionaries are leaving the shores of Africa for Europe and beyond to win souls for God. And the Deeper Life Bible Church is at the forefront of this revolution, thanks to the foresight and personal involvement of Pastor W.F. Kumuyi who has been flying all over Europe and the USA in the past five years to push the work through leadership building programmes, national conventions, revival meetings, retreats, etc.
The work in Europe, which starred as a small Bible study group in 1983 in London, has been growing by leaps and bounds, contrary to the modern trend of low church attendances in Europe, where even established churches, like the Church of England, have had to sell many of their church buildings for lack of members. Incidentally, Deeper Life has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of this sale by the Anglican Church, as most of Deeper Life's church buildings in the UK were bought from the Anglican Church.
The genesis of Deeper Life in Europe goes back to 1985 when the Church was registered in the UK. As Pastor Stephen Dore, the new UK national overseer, says, the evidence so far justifies the Church's hard work in the past. The Church now operates in 12 European countries, with London as the headquarters.
While carrying out the traditional role of spreading the gospel and ministering to the spiritual and material needs of members, the Church has implemented several humanitarian and development programmes over the years.
For example, it runs nurseries and a primary school in Manchester, and, from East Dulwich in London, a programme which involves caring for the elderly and less privileged youths who drop in daily for meals, counselling and other humanitarian assistance. The programme has been running for 10 years.
To prevent the problem of accommodation that afflicts African churches in Europe, Deeper Life has continuously maintained the culture of buying and maintaining its own church buildings so that it can provide all-year-round activities.
February is the busiest month for the Europe-based ministers. Under their annual ministers' conference, they share ideas, strategise on leadership and other issues--all hosted at the Deeper Life Conference Centre at Little Massingham, Norfolk (England), owned and managed by the Church. The Centre is also sublet to other Christian organisations for occasional events.
Deeper Life-Europe also operates summer schools, computer training and internet services for the unemployed and job seekers. This year's annual Youth Programme, held in Blackpool (England), attracted 300 youths, and as usual, Pastor Kumuyi was present to give the programme more spiritual substance. …