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LORD'S MOVE TO EUROPE
FELLOWSHIP ON THE BURDEN FOR EUROPE

The Greatest Blessing—
Being Part of One of God's Special Move on This Earth

      "When a person is graced with being part of one of God's special moves on this earth, it is the greatest blessing of his life. God's move makes an impression that he will never forget, and it becomes an unending source of supply to him. Whoever can participate in such a flow is most blessed. I believe that whenever someone who was in such a flow thinks back on it, he will have fond memories of that time. The revival in northern China in 1943 was a very strong flow; many people were gained by God at that time. Many of the consecrations were not loose but were very strong. That flow of revival had a great influence on the churches in China after the war ended. It is a great blessing for a person to be able to participate in the flow of God's work, the flow of revival, at least once in his lifetime." (Three Aspects of the Church, Book 2, The Course of the Church, p. 213, Witness Lee)

Shaming the Enemy By Establishing
a Strong Testimony in Europe

      "I believe that at the end time, before Antichrist comes, the Lord will shame His enemy by establishing a strong testimony in Europe. I am burdened that we would go to every country in Europe. I now see that the Lord sent His recovery to the United States to gain a number of young people to send to Europe. The greatest need for our labor in the Lord's recovery today is in Europe."

      "I believe that the Lord will prepare a good number of saints to send out to Europe and Israel to raise up churches. He will come back when He can tell the enemy, 'You have set up many religious things, but look at My church, My bride. They all live by Me and are one with Me. They are no longer religious and have no tradition, superstition, or falsehood. They have only Christ. They are a group of people who are fully Christ-conscious, and they are My testimony.' " (From an unpublished message given by Witness Lee on May 7, 1977, in New York City; used by special permission from Living Stream Ministry)

The Lord is Waiting for His Recovery
to Spread to Europe, and Ultimately to Jerusalem

      "I believe that in the coming years the Lord will spread the church life to England, Germany, France, and Italy. Furthermore, I believe that one day there will be a church in Rome and even in Jerusalem, where the church life began more than nineteen centuries ago…Brother Nee once told us that the Lord went to China because it was virgin soil for the cultivation of the church life. However, the Lord knew that, primarily because of language, China was not the best place for the spread of His recovery…Watchman Nee was sown as a seed into this soil, and the church life began to grow. Then, through the loss of mainland China, the recovery was transplanted to the United States. However, the United States is not the goal; it is a stepping-stone for the spread of the recovery to Europe and eventually to Jerusalem. The Lord began from Jerusalem and then spread the church to Greece and Italy. I believe that He will also go back to Jerusalem by way of Italy and Greece. I long for there to be a church in Jerusalem waiting for the Lord Jesus when He returns…It would be a shame to the Lord Jesus to come back without having a church in Jerusalem ready for Him. The Lord will not suffer such a shame. For this reason, He is waiting for His recovery to spread to Europe and, ultimately, to Jerusalem. May the Lord inspire us concerning His move in His recovery! May He spread the church life throughout Europe, the Middle East, and to Jerusalem. Perhaps one day we shall hold a prayer meeting in the garden of Gethsemane, which is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, and pray fervently to the Lord for His coming back!" (Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 666-668, Witness Lee)

The United States is Today's Galilee,
and Europe is Today's Jerusalem

      "The Lord was not able to use the Pharisees, Sadducees, or even good ones like Nicodemus. The Lord left them in Jerusalem and spent three and a half years to train some young fishermen. Today the Lord will train a group of young people and send them out. The most crucial areas of the earth today are Europe and the United States. I believe that the United States is today's Galilee, and Europe is today's Jerusalem. The Lord will use the United States to train a group of young people and then send them to Europe, especially to the college campuses. The Lord will gain the United States and Europe by capturing and training a group of young people." (From an unpublished message given by Witness Lee on May 7, 1977, in New York City; used by special permission from Living Stream Ministry)

The Lord's Up-to-date, Ultimate Move On This Earth

      "It is my earnest expectation that many saints will be burdened for this. Many, I hope, would be ready for the Lord's leading to go to other countries. Some may go to Athens, others to Jerusalem, others to Vienna and elsewhere, in order to spread the Lord's up-to-date, ultimate move on this earth." (The World Situation and God's Move, p. 42, Witness Lee)

THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY WE MUST BEAR
FOR THE LORD'S ULTIMATE RECOVERY
UNDER THE PRESENT ULTIMATE WORLD SITUATION

      "I believe this may be the Lord's way to prepare His bride (Rev. 19:7-8). Now that I have spoken to you, I have fulfilled my responsibility. Now the responsibility is yours. As you consider what you have read in these chapters of the world situation and of the Lord's recovery, what will you do? Will you simply stay where you are and make a good living? Will you be content with good meetings? Good meetings are enjoyable, yet would the Lord not lead you out? Be sober and alert that the Lord may grant you the proper guidance—whether to stay or to go, where to go, and the way to go. If He leads you to stay, how much responsibility should you bear for those who go out in His name for His recovery by faith to other countries? A move like this is living; it is the Lord's move in His Body. This is the ultimate responsibility we must bear for the Lord's ultimate recovery under the present ultimate world situation." (The World Situation and God's Move, p. 84)

OUR RESPONSE

By Prayer

      "What God desires is the prayer at the incense altar; our prayers will be for God's eternal plan, for His recovery, for His move, and for all His churches. This prayer fulfills God's purpose, satisfies His hunger, and delights His heart. By our prayers of intercession we are one with Him at the incense altar." (Life-study of Exodus, msg. 152, p. 1640, Witness Lee)

      "After we arrive at the incense altar and stay there for a period of time, we shall not have the appetite to pray for material things, such as a house or a car. Our only desire will be to pray for the Lords' move. We shall be burdened for His testimony throughout the earth. We shall pray, 'Lord, may Your recovery move on. O Lord, what about Your testimony on earth? Lord, move on in Europe and in South America.'" (Life-study of Exodus, msg. 154, p. 1656, Witness Lee)

By Giving

      "I hope many saints from the United States will migrate to Europe and Israel. Those who stay in the United States need to carry out three main functions: gain the college campuses, pray for those who migrate, and supply the sent ones materially. (From an unpublished message given by Witness Lee on May 7, 1977, in New York City; used by special permission from Living Stream Ministry)

      "All of the elders and co-workers need to work hard with much prayer to make the Lord's move today clear to all the saints. The present move of the Lord needs all of us to be given to the Lord. Our entire being and all that we have should be fully consecrated to Him. In the Lord's move, there is the need of persons and material supply. If we help the saints realize the Lord's present move, there will be no problem. But if the saints do not receive the adequate education to make them knowledgeable of the Lord's present move, we may suffer some loss. This means we may be short in the financial supply. This is why we need to spend some time in our locality, perhaps one or two months, to fellowship with the saints concerning the Lord's move today and the need in this move for the proper supply of persons and finances. We all have to consecrate ourselves with all that we have to the Lord again.

      "We must also help the saints concerning how they should give. They should give part of their offering to the church in their locality for the monthly local expenses. They should also give part of their offering for the support of the fulltimers. This is based upon nineteen of the saints helping to support one fulltimer. We have to endeavor to do this so that the Lord can carry out His desire." (Elders' Training, Book 9, The Eldership and the God-ordained Way, pp.17-18, Witness Lee)

By Going

      "To move for the Lord involves a certain cost. It involves our jobs, our businesses, our homes, our families, our schooling, and other matters. However, we have to pay the price. We must consider what we are on the earth for. We are here for the Lord's recovery. We are here not for our job, schooling, or home. Therefore, it is worthwhile to pay the price. A certain proverb says, 'When a tree is uprooted, it dies, but when a person is uprooted, he is more living.' The more we go out, the more we will be living. It is very easy to become old, but moving keeps us young. Likewise, it is very easy to be rooted, but moving uproots us. To be spiritual we need to be uprooted. (The Ministry Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, August/September 1998, p. 14, Witness Lee)

      We need to see how to carry out the spread of the Lord's recovery in the countries of Europe. Our going to Europe should be neither by a work nor by a movement but by emigration. (The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord's Move, p. 47, Witness Lee)
Where shall we go? We should go nowhere but where the Lord leads. How shall we migrate? We should migrate by the Body, in the Body, with the Body, and for the Body. Altogether it is a matter for the Body. Otherwise, there will be no blessing, and if there is no blessing, it is better not to take part in the migration. If we are going to take part in the migration, we have to learn the lesson of how to be built into the Body. Pray about who will go, and where, when, and how we will go. Bring these matters to the Lord." (The Ministry Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, April 1998, p. 13, Witness Lee)

As Full-timers

      "Close to two hundred American saints received training in Taipei, Irving, and Anaheim [this number is now close to 3,000], but when they returned to their localities, they could not develop their capacity. If some remain in the United States, they will not be very useful, but if they go to Europe, they will become useful." (The Eldership and the God-ordained Way (3), Book 11, ch. 7, p. 69, Witness Lee)

      "If the Lord calls us for a need after we have been working for a few years, we should present ourselves to the Lord right away. Of course, this is not an easy thing. Nevertheless, this must be the principle of our having a job. No matter how hard it is, there is nothing too hard for God." (The Economy of God and the Mystery of the Transmission of the Divine Trinity, ch. 10, Witness Lee)

As Working Saints

      "Some can emigrate there to take a job or do a business and serve the Lord. One brother reported that one of the best businesses for the American brothers in Eastern Europe is the remodeling of old houses. This is because the houses there are very old and in need of much work." (The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord's Move, p. 47, Witness Lee)

As Students

      "Some can emigrate there to study in a school and serve the Lord. I would recommend that some go there to be "professional students." In other words, those who go to school should plan on remaining in school for the Lord's work on the campuses. The longer they stay in school, the better it is. This is because they can spend their time contacting the students for the Lord's interest. I hope that many young people among us would go to the universities in Europe to be professional students teaching the divine truths. It is glorious and worthwhile to be such a student, contacting other students daily with the Lord's truths. I believe that some students who go to Europe can bear new fruit monthly like the tree of life in the New Jerusalem."

      We are burdened to emigrate to the leading cities that have colleges and universities for us to work on. We are doing research so that we can find all the leading universities in Europe for our emigration there."(The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord's Move, p. 47, Witness Lee)

      "Those who migrate may go as students, enrolling in a master's program to study the language of the country they are in. If some young ones have a burden for Europe, they may study French or German as an undergraduate in the United States and then enroll in a master's program in France or Germany. While they are studying, they will contact their fellow students. They should not care for gaining a large number. In the years it takes to earn a master's degree, they may gain several of their classmates. That group will become a nucleus for the Lord to raise up a church in that place. In this way the Lord can raise up churches in every country in Europe." (From an unpublished message given by Witness Lee on May 7, 1977, in New York City; used by special permission from Living Stream Ministry)

As Co-workers

      "Some of the co-workers should also be encouraged to go to Europe. We should send not only some 'soldiers' but also some co-workers to bear the burden for the Lord's move." (The Eldership and the God-ordained Way (3), Book 11, ch. 7, p. 69, Witness Lee)

References for further reading (all but the audio and video materials) are published by Living Stream Ministry):

The World Situation and God's Move (Witness Lee, 1981)
The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord's Move (Witness Lee, 1991)
The Ministry Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 1, January 2007, pp. 333-339
The Ministry Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 1, January 2007, pp. 341-350 (update at www.lordsmove.org/pdfs/BurdenforEurope-July2007.pdf)
The Ministry Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 6, July 2007, pp. 337-341
• Five messages by Witness Lee on the subject "Migration in God's Move" in The Ministry Magazine, Vol. 2., Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, April, May, June, July, and August/September 1998
• Audio recordings of four meetings on the burden for Europe held on July 4 (with the leading brothers), 5 (with the FTT graduates), 6 (regarding Spain), and 7 (with those generally burdened for Europe) during the 2007 summer training in Anaheim. To download, visit www.lordsmove.org/europe-audio.html.

"I believe that at the end time,
before Antichrist comes,
the Lord will shame His enemy
by establishing a strong testimony in Europe."

(Witness Lee)

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