Spring 2013: About three years ago a small group of people came together in Malmö, Sweden. The reason for them to come together was the idea to start up a Christian student ministry in the city. The group, consisting of a pastor of Pingstförsamlingen Malmö and leaders from Students for Christ Europe, decided together to start preparing for such a ministry in the city.
Summer 2013: That summer at SFC Europe’s summer conference CONNECT, the invitation was sent to European students: Will you be part of a team starting up a ministry among the students in Malmö?
November 2015: A team consisting of five members (seven if counting children) came moving in to the city from Finland, Latvia, Belgium and Norway. As soon as they all were gathered together, they started working. The team needed to learn to know each other, a vision to be created and plans to be made.
Finally: on Tuesday the 9th of February Mosaik Malmö was officially launched through a Kick-Off event in Europaporten, Malmö.
The team in Malmö had gotten help from a missions team coming from Maastricht in the Netherlands (DR:UM – Damascus Road: University Ministry), coming to help launch the ministry in their Kick-Off week. They started a day before the main kickoff event, on Monday, with a prayer walk on campus and in the city. While on the campus, one of the teams was approached by a Christian student, who was very encouraged do see Christians praying on the campus and shared a powerful testimony with the group. He shared how he felt Sweden is like the valley of dry bones, and the difficulties of being a Christian and the spiritual darkness of the country. Several times he repeated “Please, don’t leave Sweden!” Adding that the country need more people praying and witnessing.
The main Kick-Off event on Tuesday started off with a time of fellowship, getting to know some those coming to the event. After some initial words from the main pastor of the local church, Andreas Wessman, we had some time in worship led by some of the mission team members. After the worship, the mission team leader Ben Spruit was interviewed, giving us an example on how student ministry can change lives.
Then it was time for Miika Toukola to introduce Mosaik Malmö, and share the group’s vision for the ministry in the city: We encourage students to explore God and life in a loving community, growing together and transforming the world.
After this Chuck Haavik shared some words of God. He has been working a lot with the recruitment of the team, as well as our “twin team” in Copenhagen. He and his wife Sally have just moved from the US to Copenhagen to support the teams on both sides of the Öresund Bridge.
Finally Mattias Sennehed shared some thoughts and encouragement with Mosaik Malmö and led us in prayer. He invited all the people who are living in Malmo to the middle to be prayed for. Many people said they felt the presence of God that night very strongly, and that the time of worship and prayer was different and strong. We had a few students joining us, including some people we had not been in touch with earlier. We had also several people from the international branch of the local church that wanted come to the event to pray and support us in our ministry here in Malmö.
The Kick-Off evening is also the starting point of a much more outgoing phase for the Mosaik Malmö team. In the coming month we will be having a lot more events for students, and we are hoping to soon have a small core of students that will be coming regularly. Through events like bible study, home groups, book clubs, movie nights, gaming nights and eating together we hope to see relationships grow, not only between students and team members, but also between individuals and God. Which after all is why we are doing all this: to connect people with God.
Johnny Danielsen, Mosaik Malmö