What do Swedes know about Christianity?

Chris and Lotta Strajnic

This summer our church took part in the annual community fair. Our purpose was to let people know that the church exists and to advertise our outreach events. At our stall we had different activities going on: hand puppets (which the small children loved!), face painting and - the absolute hit of the year - a 10-question Christian quiz. All questions were from the New Testament and were, we hoped, common knowledge questions. For example, ‘Where was Jesus born?’ and ‘How many disciples did Jesus have?’ However, this quiz was an eye-opener for us. 

Firstly, it was the children who were keen on doing the quiz. Most grown-ups were not interested when they found out it was about Christianity. I said to one girl, ‘Your mum is more than welcome to help you’ and her mum laughed and said (a little nervously), ‘My daughter is more religious than me!’ Another parent said to his child, ‘Let's leave this, the questions are way too difficult.’ The daughter answered him, ‘For you, yes, but not for me!’ We even had parents mocking and making fun of our Christian faith while the child showed interest. 

The second eye-opener was the answers we got from the last question on the quiz, ‘How do you become a Christian?’ Almost everyone thought that it was by doing good deeds. Sad, but I guess not surprising. Some people were interested in hearing the right answers, which gave us the opportunity to explain the gospel to them.

Despite the hostile responses, there were some who were really interested in our church. An old lady came to us who has just moved to our neighbourhood and is looking for a church. Another family approached our table and asked about the children’s choir. Another family, who bring their daughter to our kids club, were delighted to see us and said they wanted to come to church regularly.

Pray for all those people, young and old, who we met for the first time and who heard the gospel. Please help us pray for them.