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‘We need Jesus Christ’ — Germans at SEEK look to spark renewal

A tear fell from Bishop Stefan Oster’s eye. A standing-room-only crowd was silent as the bishop of Passau, Germany, spoke to young people about his personal devotion to Jesus. and the tense situation of the Church in his country.

Oster was addressing international students at the FOCUS SEEK Conference taking place this week in St. Louis, Missouri.

More than 100 college students and young adults flew over 4,000 miles from Europe to join the 20,000 young people gathered at the conference.

And while most college students say they’ll leave SEEK with a desire to encounter Jesus and bring his love to their campuses, the German students — from universities in Passau and Cologne — carry with them a  plan to bring back missionary zeal to their nation.

In recent years, the Church in Germany has experienced immense division and tension amid the controversial German “synodal way.”

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