Daniel is a native Swede living and ministering in Bergsjön, which is a suburb of Gothenburg. This is an immigrant area with 144 nationalities and many unreached people groups represented. Daniel is passionate to reach out both to immigrants and his fellow Swedes. He also serves as an elder in the church plant, “Gothenburg International Baptist Church” (http://gibk.se). Daniel’s ministry includes preaching and teaching the word of God, evangelism, counselling, and discipling. He also helps oversee HeartCry’s work in Sweden. He serves as a board member of Reformedia, (http://www.reformedia.se), and works closely with Daniel Lundgren and Ola Nilsson in their translation and publishing work. He is married to his American wife, Hannah. They have three children, Lydia, Markus, and Elizabeth.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ: From those of us who are serving in Sweden, we want to say a heartfelt thank you. Sweden might seem like a cushy place to do ministry, but the tide is surely strong against Christians here!
Again and again we meet fellow believers that are very hungry for fellowship and solid teaching, and thanks to HeartCry’s initiative, we have been able to put solid Christian literature in their hands in Swedish. Some examples of the books that have been published are What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert, What is a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper, The Gospel’s Power & Message by Paul Washer, and Don Whitney’s book on family worship. Many times in the past year we have heard of Swedish churches getting their hands on these books and starting to implement changes as they seek to become more biblical. One travelling evangelist was out in the countryside and spontaneously decided to participate in a Bible study at a local church, only to find that they all had “What is the Gospel” in their hands as their study text!
We have also hosted several conferences, and many believers that are hungry for a greater understanding of the gospel have been able to take part. There have even been a few people that have moved their families closer to our local fellowship in order to be a part of the life and body of the church plant in Gothenburg. Through certain sermons on our website that we have translated and given subtitles, several believers with whom we now have fellowship and who come from very difficult backgrounds have had their lives completely changed as they heard the true gospel. Many people in Sweden are able to watch weekly sermons from our church plant, and we regularly hear feedback from people that are encouraged by the consistently Bible-based and expositional preaching.
We are working to plant a church in a suburb of Gothenburg. In our area there are more than 144 nationalities represented, and many of the immigrants are from unreached people groups. We are planting a church, but we are only scratching the surface when it comes to the possibilities of outreach in our area. So many refugees, so many unreached people, and while sometimes at our evangelistic meetings we have more than fifteen nationalities represented, it is just a drop in the bucket. Pray that the Lord would place people in our path that He is drawing to Himself, and that our church would be a foretaste of Revelation 7:9.
We regularly encourage and have seen good fruit from inviting people in our church to join us in doing book table evangelism at a local international market. Thanks again to out partnership with HeartCry, we can give out portions of the Bible in more than sixty languages, and in the process, train up believers in the church in how to do evangelism. An especially joyful experience for us has been the opportunity to give out Arabic New Testaments to the many Syrian refugees that we meet.