The nationwide media mission “It was found” in Finland is in full swing. The campaign started on September 19 and will continue till October 16. Almost 400 churches are involved with the mission. Never before has there been a Christian campaign on such a big scale in Finland.
The campaign mainly uses the media to spread their message, from tv and radio to social media to newspapers. In the first week of the campaign, a book about the core themes of Christian faith was distributed to 2,2 million Finnish households. The book contains 16 personal stories that tell how God changed people’s lives and gave them purpose.
The mission coordinator Onni Haapala says: “The goal of the media mission is to wake Fins up to think about the purpose of life, to ease loneliness and to help people in distress through diaconal support. Personal meetings and discussions are essential.”
Besides the media attention, several events, concerts, and pop-up points are organized during the campaign. One of these points is the mission café on the Linnainmaa Citymarket in Tampere. Seurakuntalainen reports how people are reached through this café.
In this café, volunteers speak with people about their life, listen to their stories, and pray for them. The café is not only open for adults, also kids and youth are welcome. One of the volunteers expresses his enthusiasm about his conversations with kids: “The kids have asked such good questions!”
Another volunteer explains how everyone worked together to open the café. “If we work together, we can achieve a lot!” He hopes that the café can stay open after the mission as well.
Click here for more information about the media mission, the stories that are in the book, and to see the events near you (if you are in Finland).