World War II divided Europe into Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Following the war, Joseph Stalin made Eastern Europe a “buffer zone” by establishing communist governments that would be subject to Moscow. He believed that this move would insure that Russia would be protected from any future military threat from the West. Although World War II ended in 1945, Western Europe and Eastern Europe are still referred to as separate regions of the continent to this day.
While communism ravaged Eastern Europe economically, genuine Christianity thrived under the tyranny of godless leaders and repressive regimes. On the other hand, while the countries of Western Europe enjoyed democratic, capitalist governments, their liberties were a deterrent to the spread of the Gospel. Under the influence of Western culture, these countries prospered materially, but declined spiritually. Today, apathy, atheism, and apostasy abound across Western Europe.
HeartCry has been privileged to respond to the Macedonian call, as we partner with 37 missionaries across Europe. Presently, we support 31 missionaries in Eastern Europe in the countries of Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine; and 6 missionaries in Western Europe in the nations of Finland, Germany, Scotland, and Italy. Their Gospel work encompasses literature and open-air evangelism, church planting, discipleship, theological training, and student ministry.
Europe Field Updates
For updated information on what is happening with our parters in Europe, please see the Field Updates Blog: Europe.
Eastern Europe Coordinator, Don Currin
Don is serving as the HeartCry Coordinator for Eastern Europe. As an itinerant evangelist, his pulpit ministry is directed toward preaching on the inner life of the believer and the spiritual need of the lost. With HeartCry, his ministry includes organizing Bible conferences and corresponding with the HeartCry missionaries in Europe. He and his lovely wife Cindy live in Tuscumbia, AL.
Western Europe Coordinator, Paul Washer
Paul serves as the HeartCry Coordinator in Western Europe. He is currently overseeing our missionaries in Italy, Germany, Scotland, Finland, and the Netherlands. He is also the founder and director of the HeartCry Missionary Society. Paul lives in Radford, Virginia with his wife Charo and his three children, Ian, Evan, and Rowan.