"In epidemiology, an epidemic (επι (epi)- meaning "upon or above" and δεμος (demos)- meaning "people"), occurs when new cases of a certain disease, in a given human population, and during a given period, substantially exceed what is expected based on recent experience."
In our Bible school class this evening, we discussed our vision for the city of Helsinki and the beloved country Finland. We see people, people who have become immunized, their minds fortified against the prospect of the Gospel. It is clearly evident as we watch them bounce around from place to place in the commotion of rush hour, hurrying from appointment to appointment. Purposeless, dry, passive...immune. Immune to the epidemic of faith. However, our prayers are powerful. We pray, and doors are opened. We pray, and God moves.
So what are we praying for?
We pray that people would find their soul's immunity to the gospel weakened and broken. The fallow ground of their heart's torn up and cultivated. To what end, though? To the end that the seed of faith could be planted and the infectious power of the gospel would captivate their hearts and minds; the goodness of God leading to repentance. Our vision is to see an outbreak of faith, or should we just say, an epidemic.