June 15, 2017

Fellowship in Norway

One of the dilemmas of living or migrating to other country is the church. If you are Christian, it is a big problem especially if you are moving to a non-Christian country. You don’t know where are you going to attend Sunday service.


Norway is considered a Christian country so they have Evangelical Lutheran Church in each municipality or city. But sad to say that only a few people go to church so I was not surprised if they only have a small church.


Some people I met there are atheists, yes, they don’t believe in God. In fact, according to Wikipedia, only 12% of the population attended church services every month and it is one of the lowest church attendance in the world.

I cannot blame these people because if you live in Norway, there are so many benefits that you can get from the government. If you get sick and you need to be confined or operated, there is no payment for that. If you lose your job, you will still receive your salary for one year. If you are sick, you have sick leave with pay even it takes a year. If you have a baby, you have up to one-year maternity leave with pay and fathers have paternity leave with pay too. Your babies will receive a monthly allowance from the government up to 15 yrs old (correct me if I’m wrong). Kids can study for FREE until High School and they have a student loan so kids can even study abroad.

And with these benefits, it seems that there is no reason for you to pray and call on to God because money problem is not really a big issue. I hate to admit it, but there are times when life is so comfortable and we don't have any problems, we tend to forget to call on to God. Indeed, too much comfort can kill our spiritual needs.

There are situations in life that will stop us from pursuing God, but we need to keep pursuing intimacy with Him no matter what. We need Him more than He needs us.

 “God doesn’t want something from us, He simply wants us” - C.S. Lewis




My mom is a Christian, last year she started a group called Fosen Internasjonale Kristne Fellesskap or FIKF. She wanted to reach out those people who are lost, who are seeking God and who wants to know more about Jesus.

Description of the group is “A group of foreigners who believes in God. To seek The Truth From God's Words. To grow, bond together, be creative and have fun. Be active in our spiritual life and social life. Be a resource in the community.”

This is not a church but more on a Bible study group where they study the word of God and connects with other people. It is open to different nationality who speaks and understands the English language because that’s what they use. Since not all are fluent in the Norwegian language especially those who are new residents.


So during my summer vacation in Norway, my son and I were able to attend their fellowship. Sunday is a busy day because my mom cooks food and bakes cake for a potluck and we leave the house us early us 3:30PM to prepare the venue (Activity Center) for 5PM fellowship. If the venue is not in the Activity Center, we can leave several minutes before 5PM. :)


And because of this, I was able to meet different nationalities but most of the members are Filipinos. So if you know someone who lives in Ørland or Bjugn Kommune, let them know that there is FIKF group where they can attend.


“It is in small groups that people can get close enough to know each other, to care and share, to challenge and support, to confide and confess, to forgive and be forgiven, to laugh and weep together, to be accountable to each other, to watch over each other and to grow together. - Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian” 

Sharing some of our pictures.






14 comments:

  1. Seems like Norway is a nice place to live in. I wonder what is their crime rate? So sad lang to conclude people pray less because they think there is no need to request from God given that almost anything is well provided for. Sad ang statistics na 12% :(

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    1. Norway has low crime rate in the world. According to news, foreigners and immigrants pa yung nakakacommit ng crime. Sad nga, halos walang laman ang church nila.

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  2. it must have been an interesting experience to do fellowship in a foreign country. Yeah.. more and more people turn away from GOD and do not know him. IT is a real pity.

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  3. With all the benefits Norway government gives to their residents... don't be surprised if nagmigrate na din kami dun! hahaha :D kidding aside, there are a lot of benefits in a small church. You get to know each of the members, not just by name, but by everything. You get to have a new extended family.

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    1. Hehehe! Sarap magmigrate noh? True, you will have an extended family.

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  4. Wow, I had no idea that there are so many atheists in Norway. It's really great of your mom to start a group for Christians there. At least they are still able to get together to do Bible study and pray.

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    1. Yes, she is really devoted to her ministry. It is her way to serve the Lord.

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  5. Been reading your Norway posts and really made me admire this country. I am glad that even you're in different country, you are reunited with other Filipinos and had a fellowship group there.

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    1. Filipinos are every where and it is really nice to connect with them, nakakanosebleed din magEnglish lagi pag ibang lahi. hehehe!

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  6. You had me at benefits of living in Norway :)) Nonetheless, I am not that religious but I do believe that there is someone Higher out there somewhere. I like what your mom did. Not many people have the guts to create a fellowship group, especially if you're from another country.

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    1. Yes, not all people can do this. I don't think I can start a group.

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  7. I can relate to this. When my husband and I went to Germany, we had in mind to look for a church to attend to for the month that we were going to stay there. It was hard to find one. We found a Chinese one. haha The service was translated Chinese-English. It was a small thriving one. The reasons you stated were big factors of why the locals won't even join such gatherings. That church became a family to us whenever we visit the place.=) I guess, once Christ is in you, there is no way that you'll stop looking for other Christians where you go, and you will also find a way to share to others the love of God to the ends of the earth. =)

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    1. Good for you that you found one. I agree, if you are a Christian, you will look for a group for your spiritual needs.

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