europe: May 26, 2016

News from CE Russia

Dear colleagues from CE, just know that CE Russia does exist and we are working for Christ and the Church. Here are some photos from our outreach in March, on St. Patrick's Day; board meeting of CE Russia and Central Black-ground Presbytery in Voronezh; Youth meeting in pastoral house near Catholic Cathedral which we organize each Saturday in the evening (it's a Christian fellowship of catholic and protestant youth). Before Passover (Traditional Russian Easter) the local Presbyterian Community went for aring outreach

What are we planing for this spring and summer? Outreaches in different cities in Russia, Bible School in Voronezh want to cooperate with CE Russia, CE Russia wants to cooperate with Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Moscow (where I received theological education), may be this fall we will celebrate 118th Anniversary of CE Russia and 15 years of my ministry. Please post some pictures that I sending you at World CE Union web site, let it be encouragement for colleagues in CE, that CE Russia working and we love you all.

May 26, 2016, 12:49 h by Dominick Semenov, Leader of CE Russia.

europe: May 24, 2016

Celebration and thanksgiving of the Scottish Endeavorers

The day began with greetings, smiles, handshakes and hugs and much 'chatter' - Scottish for talking! And this continued all afternoon. This was an occasion for Scottish Endeavourers to gather together to praise God for the part that Christian Endeavour played in their Christian lives. Who better could we have to chair the proceedings than George Campbell? George began his service to Christian Endeavour in his local Paisley and District Union and was secretary for the Convention when it was held there. He joined the Scottish Executive with the responsibility of being the Book-room Convener and was also on the Alumni committee. The Rev Jim Murdoch asked him to be the Scottish representative when he attended British events and so George was introduced to the British Christian Endeavour Union. This lead him to being the General secretary for the British CE Union and twice being British CE President! Jim asked George to be the British representative to the World's CE Union, area one, which was how George eventually became Honorary Vice-President of WCEU and Honorary Trustee for Life. The event began with a lovely lunch over which many memories were shared. The programme began with the hymn of praise, Blessed Assurance. Great is Thy Faithfulness, Such Love and Amazing Grace were all sung with heartfelt sentiments throughout the afternoon.

Many of those at this gathering had been singers in the Scottish Endeavour Singers so there was a 'pop-up' choir rendering of Glory hallelujah. The original choir evolved from a Young People's CE camp in the late 1970's and it grew to 105 members from central Scotland. George Campbell conducted the choir for eight years at engagements and Conventions and at the Centenary in 1982 in USA. Over 30 of its members are now in full time Christian service. Much discussion was stimulated by a quiz about personnel, places, Conventions and events. eg Francis Clark had a Scot as one of his Vice Presidents - name him. (Dr James Kelly), How many World Vice Presidents came from Scotland? (three: Kelly, Murdoch and Campbell), Where was the 2nd Century World CE Convention held? (Edinburgh, Scotland) There were contributions from Andrew Golder, a past SNCEU treasurer and Stanley McCallum who testified to the influence CE had had in his life through attending Junior and YP Camps and being part of the Singers. Stanley married Sheena who he met at an Orkney Camp! He went on to serve the movement as Scottish President and also the Alumni President. Elizabeth McGrouther, who had been Junior Convener for thirty four years and is now Organising Secretary, brought greetings from Isobel Cameron, a previous Junior Convener, and Dennis Davies, chairman of Great Britain and Ireland Christian Endeavour Union. George brought the afternoon to a close with thoughts from Colossians 4:17 See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord. Christian Endeavour may be closing as an organisation in Scotland but we as Endeavourers still have a job to do.

May 24, 2016, 13:57 h by Elizabeth McGrouther, Secretary, CE in Scotland.

europe: November 26, 2015

Volunteering in Lithuania

I was a volunteer in the summer for two months in Šakiai Children’s Home, Lithuania. My task was to take care of the small children, but I also had a lot of activities with the older ones. We played football, went swimming and drank a lot of tee together. The language barrier was a huge challenge for me but also enriching. My conclusion: you don’t have to speak the same language in order to love each other.

November 26, 2015, 15:39 h by Vivien Benner, CE member, Germany.

europe: November 26, 2015

Lebanon: newly renovated bungalows in KCHAG Camp

May 9, 2015 the KCHAG camp site was flocked with special guests, who had arrived from USA to Beirut in order to inaugurate the newly renovated bungalows.
 The dedication worship service took place in the chapel of KCHAG, after which the families led the unveiling of the plaques of the bungalows, one of which is interestingly named Mishd Chanitzagans (always Christian Endeavorers).

November 26, 2015, 15:38 h by Anna Visky.

europe: November 26, 2015

News from Ireland

We are thankful to Almighty God for His Hand upon the 101st Irish National Convention held on Saturday 19th September in Carrickfergus Methodist Church. Once again, we were blessed with beautiful weather throughout the weekend. The Rev Mark Russell, speaking on the theme, “One More Step”, based his main address on Genesis 12:1-9. We, like Abraham, must go where God is leading us, trusting Him every step of the way. More than £4000, was presented to, “Love for Life” – last year’s missionary project – which aims to help children and young people make healthy choices in life. The new project, “Spud Bears’ ministry” was introduced. Spud Bears are solar powered, talking teddy bears sharing the Gospel of God’s love and giving health education such as malaria prevention to children, in hospitals and orphanages, who are not able to read and have no one to read to them. Seniors, Young People and Juniors all enjoyed their own activities during the day. Mrs Rosemary McDaniel was installed as Irish Union President. Her Presidential theme is, “Give us a vision”. Irish Union’s Annual Prayer week was held 8-14 November when Societies and Unions organize prayer times.

November 26, 2015, 15:38 h by Margaret Houston, Communication Officer, CE Irelan.