europe: November 10, 2012
On Saturday CE leaders from Romania, Hungary, Netherlands and Germany met to prepare the European youth leaders meeting "Connect Europe". A lot of good ideas were shared.
More information: Connect Europe 2013
November 10, 2012, 19:47 h by Thomas Kröck.
auspac: September 05, 2012
The progress of CE in the Solomon Islands is encouraging. Rev. Derek Pongi, President of the Solomon Islands CE Union (SICEU), and Superintendent in the South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC) reported that SSEC has adopted CE as an official youth program. CE has been on the Solomons for some decades already with two periodes of decline. 2007 less than 10 societies were left, all on the Islands of Renell and Bellona, from where Derek Pongi started to rebuild CE. Now, having the official backing of his church, he organizes training programs for instructors who will have to introduce CE in all of the about 600 congregations (30 to 1000 members per church) of the SSCE. The process is being monitored by the church leadership. Vice Bishop Stanley Aitorea is in charge as CE-Coordinator of the SSEC. Rev. Pongi hopes to reach out with CE to other denominations as well and is busy to bring SICEU in good shape. Rev. Timothy Laesanau, Secretary of the SICEU said he learned a lot at the Pacific Regional CE Convention in Hawaii how the gospel can be spread and CE be conducted in a way fitting for the Pacific culture.
September 05, 2012, 15:12 h by Andreas A. Rudolph, General Secretary, WCEU.
asia: September 05, 2012
In Korea CE is so much part of the Presbyterian church, that it got split when the church split because of doctrinal issues some decades ago. Since then there is a 'hap dong' Korean CE Union (www.koreace.co.kr) and a smaller 'kosin' union(www.koreace.org). Both groups maintain informal relations with each other.
During my visit in Korea both groups had their convention. An estimated 300 'Hap-dong' Endeavorers met in the Kolon Sport Hotel near Gyeongju, an ancient Korean capital in the Southeast for the 87th Summer Assembly. Participants (age-group 20 - 50) enjoyed fellowship almost around the clock. The inaugural meeting started around 2 pm with a ceremonial entry of the speakers and the group of past presidents. This is a peculiar body in the Korean CE and seems to be the backbone of the Korean CE. Most of them being businessmen KCEU is run quite effective, project and goal oriented. The President of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church was the first speaker. The evening program - again mainly sermons - went on until 11 pm. After that many participants spend time with friends, some of them half the night. The wake up call next morning made sure everybody was awake when a convention steward came knocking the door, inviting for the morning devotion at 6 am. Most of this day was reserved for recreational activities so I could go with WCEU Vice president Elder Ko to pay a short visit to the 23rd convention of the 'kosin' CE.
Mr. Hyunsoo Lim, KCEU President, Andreas A. Rudolph and Mr. Ko Tong un
About 150 youth had met in the Kosin University in Busan. I gave the same message which I had preached the day before to the 'Hap-dong' CE and Elder Ko Tong-un invited all to participate in the 2014 World's CE Convention. Back in Gyeongju the evening program had bible studies, the witness of a famous Korean singer and a powerful band accompanying contemporary praise songs - everything in Korean of course. The next morning (Saturday) began again with devotions at 6 am. After that breakfast checkout from the rooms and 9 am the final session. (Everybody was expected to be home for church on Sunday!) But it took some time until all the good byes had been waved and all the photographs 'to remember' had been taken. To get most out of the time everything was done fast and disciplined. Still everybody enjoyed!
September 05, 2012, 15:06 h by Andreas A. Rudolph, General Secretary, WCEU.
europe: September 05, 2012
In the campsites of Balazsér, Aklihegy and Ráton participated nearly 300 youth. 29 July - 4 August there was a camp where the topic ‘Replanning' was imparted through seminars, presentations and free time activities. The questions discussed in the camp were: What kind of plans do we have? What influences our plans? What is God’s plan in our life? How is God replanning our life? What does it mean to experience God’s renewing mercy? How to restart a relationship after a crash? Another topic emerged was replanning ministry and church. Besides the spiritual content we had the joy of meeting each other and sharing our Christ. We give thanks for the young volunteers, who helped us organize the camp, but moreover for God’s presence, the blessings that we encountered in the camp.
September 05, 2012, 15:05 h by Edina Dancs, Youth Pastor.