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February 20, 2018

Scandinavia Tour: Trace the Roots of Bethlehem Baptist

Brad Nelson

Pastor for Global Outreach

This Fall (Sept 18–Oct 1), we are planning a tour of Scandinavia that will include a tracing of Bethlehem’s roots in Sweden. Along with Cindy and I, Paul & Karin Lindberg will be your hosts. Here is a summary from each of us, highlighting both the natural beauty and spiritual significance of this tour.

Please join us as we travel to Scandinavia to follow the cultural and spiritual roots of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Uncover the secrets of Scandinavia’s fascinating Viking heritage, experience the beauty of Denmark, admire the scenic splendor of Sweden’s countryside and Norway’s majestic fjords. Worship with local believers and hear the vision of resident missionaries and church leaders. Combine amazing travel with a spiritual emphasis that will inspire you to worship our great God more deeply. Prayerfully consider joining us for this remarkable, one-of-a-kind tour!—Pastor Brad & Cindy Nelson

Exploring Scandinavia’s history and culture will give us insights into the growth and influence of Christianity, leading to the spread of the church to the U.S. in the latter half of the 19th century. We’ll visit where F.O. Nilsson officiated the first believer’s baptism in Sweden. Several years later, Nilsson came to Minneapolis and helped start Bethlehem. We’ll learn how Sweden went from being the leading mission-sending country in the world in the early 1900’s to being possibly the most secular country in the world today, with less than 2 percent Christians. If you can join us, I’m confident you will receive an appreciation of Scandinavia’s rich culture, it’s influential spiritual history, and an understanding of the current state of the church.—Paul & Karin Lindberg

If you want to hear more, be sure to attend one of the Informational Meetings hosted at each campus during the weeks ahead.

 Sunday, February 25, 12:45–1:45pm

 Sunday, March 4, 12:45–1:45pm

 Sunday, March 11, 12:15–1:15pm

For a trip overview and details, see the 
tour brochure.