Rev. Nicole (Haack) Sims, who is serving an English-speaking congregation in Hamburg, Germany presented the message during a special worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon.
Sims tells us where life has taken her.
She says that the situation in Europe is not only for the most part, secular, but sometimes people are outright hostile to the faith. Atheism is very vogue and trendy, she says.
Sims says that while some mission fields pose many physical challenges such as not having running water or electricity, or dealing with illness; serving in Europe has other difficulties including skepticism, spiritual baggage towards the church and Christianity, and dealing with how to present the gospel message to a culture of rapid secularization.
Sims says increasingly, believers from Africa are emerging as spiritual leaders in Europe.
She says African believers have followed Jesus in a different context — the context of radically depending on Him through continued hard times.
Sims is the daughter of the Rich Haacks of Sheldon and graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City in 1995.