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. Daniel is passionate to reach out both to immigrants and to his fellow Swedes. He is serving as an elder in the church plant, Gothenburg International Baptist Church. His ministry includes preaching and teaching the Word of God, evangelism, counseling, and discipleship. Daniel also helps with overseeing HeartCry’s work in Sweden. He serves as a board member of Reformedia, and works closely with Daniel Lundgren and Ola Nilsson in their translation and publishing work. He and his wife Hannah have three children: Lydia, Markus, and Elizabeth.
This past month has been very busy, as far as the church and ministry are concerned. I have continued with the series that I am preaching through the book of Isaiah. This has been such a blessing for myself and for others. I have thus far preached through Isaiah 9:7 and cannot wait to continue with the series.
For about six months, I met with two men and two teenagers to study through the book, What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert. When we recently finished the book, we decided to go out to evangelize together. For most of them, this was their first time doing evangelism. It was especially encouraging to see one of the teenagers go from not being able to articulate the Gospel to being engaged in long conversations about the Gospel with Muslims. Afterwards he said, “I really need to study the Bible more in order to be able to better share the Gospel and answer the questions and arguments from the Muslims.”
Yesterday, I had the joy of baptizing the other teenager (photo above) who participated in the study. When we began to go through the book, he professed that he was a Christian, but he could not articulate the Gospel. As we went through each chapter, he came under conviction of his sins and realized that he had never been a genuine Christian. It has been my joy to see the change in his life over the last six months and to see how he can now articulate the true biblical Gospel with confidence! I am planning to continue meeting with him and the others to further their discipleship.
Our publishing ministry, Reformedia, is going well. The Family Worship Book by Don Whitney is being sent out to be proofread this week, and we are hoping to have it printed within the next few month. We had a board meeting with Reformedia this past week, in which we discussed some of the books to be translated in the future.
We are also planning to have a conference in the fall on the two books, What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert and What Is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever, both of which we are giving out for free to Swedish pastors and leaders. We have currently given out about one-third of the two thousand books to church leaders. The theme of this conference will focus on “What is the Gospel?” There are so many pastors that I meet here in Sweden who cannot articulate the Gospel, so this is a very urgent need. It looks like the author, Greg Gilbert, will be able to come. We are also aiming to have Paul Washer’s book, The Gospel’s Power and Message, printed in time for the conference. Please pray for all of these plans and for the Gospel to continue to spread in our country.