Imagine taking three trains on Sunday to church in another country. Would it be worth your time? Greater Europe Mission missionary Kevin Flierl does just that—traveling from Germany to Switzerland on a weekly basis.
Swiss work visas are hard to come by, which is why Flierl lives across the border in Germany. In addition to his local ministry, he travels to Switzerland several times a week to build relationships with churches and individuals.
On a typical Sunday, Flierl wakes up at 5 a.m., he takes time to stop and pray for the churches in Switzerland before he catches his first train of the day. “I think it’s important for [churches] to know that there’s someone who is intentional in praying for them,” he said.
Flierl travels from his town Lörrach, Germany to Basel, Switzerland, and then Basel to Zurich and Zurich to Küsnacht. Crossing paths with hundreds of other travelers, he looks for opportunities.
“If I see a man trying to take a photo of his wife, I’ll offer to take a photo of both of them,” Flierl said. It’s this simple interaction that he calls “Operation Camera Gospel.” After taking their photo, he will start a conversation with the couple getting to know them and where they are from. Eventually Flierl brings up the Gospel.
“Sharing the Gospel is a very fruitful day for me. Just to plant the seed; whether they’re open or not…Even if they think this is crazy, that is where I see God very intimately involved in my daily watch,” Flierl said.
He doesn’t waste any time. Not an hour, minute or even second. Flierl is constantly aware of God’s presence throughout his day. Why? Simply because he doesn’t want to miss an opportunity to impact God’s Kingdom in Switzerland. He’s shared the Gospel with many individuals during his Sunday commute. Then, he arrives at church.
Flierl’s vision for his ministry is Ephesians 4:11-14, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”
He doesn’t just want to serve the church, but to inspire others in the church to get involved in the ministry as well.
It’s at church that Flierl volunteers to play the piano and has meetings with pastors to help them strategize for their future events and outreach. Currently, he takes groups out to share the Gospel.
“They watch me share the Gospel, then we discuss and pray, and they learn. The following week, we give a report of what we experienced because it models for the [congregation] what they should be doing. Those that are handcuffed to fear; I try to free them from that,” Flierl said.
After lunch with one of the many guys he disciples, he heads back to the train station to start his journey home.
A twelve-hour day—crossing borders, looking for people open to the Gospel, supporting churches and sharing with them ways to pray for their city—every moment lived with intention to expand God’s Kingdom.
This is just one day of one missionary in Europe. With the same prayerful mindset, how could you live out a day of impact?