europe: November 26, 2015

Summer and autumn in CE Romania

• Camps at CE Bucsin Campsite

by Éva Bartha, Camp Leader

CE Bucsin campsite hosted this year 15 events among which a Prayer Day with 170 participants, camps for vulnerable children of Lídia and Dorcas Orphanages, preadolescent and adolescent groups, as well as an aftercare week for people who overcame addiction. 5th to 12th July an Erasmus+ exchange program took place at CE Bucsin campsite. Children from the Roma ethnic group were invited to participate from Hungary and Onesimus project for vulnerable youth. The topic of the week was ‘Craftmanship’ with the aim of drawing closer the youth to different kind of working techniques in a Christian environment. The group visited workshops of nearby city, Sovata and they could also try some professions while working in the camp: rendering, beading, cooking, playing music etc. Free time programs included a visit to the orphanage opened by Benedictine monk Csaba Böjthe in Sovata, as well as sports, games, chatting. They had a very blessed time!

• Bible study groups

by Attila Bán, member of CE, Romania

Genesius student youth group started its meetings this Autumn with dynamism and some new members (e. g. from Hungary) who seem to find their place among us. There are more persons who feel responsible for the group and they build up the theme and methods of the meetings: this season we try to grow in faith and knowledge through the book of 1 Timothy and try to focus on our personal life and the contemporary events (including the major phenomenon of migration). At the same time we don't forget to be playful, positive and loving. Every event starts with a common relaxed dinner which is a good way to get closer to each other. This year we would like to start building up relations with those persons and families who are the older generation of Genesius youth group. These relations can be precious possibilities to share personal experience and knowledge in a frame of mentoring, friendly meetings.

• CE Conference, General Assembly

by Sarolta Mátyás, participant

The 24th CE Conference took place this year at Tóköz Reformed Church in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on September 25-27. The topic was: - Do you believe? Do you serve Him? Joyful testimony, healthy ministry. We started every day with prayer which was later followed by several speakers who reflected on rejoicing and ministry, salvation and joy, battles in faith, obedience in every area of our life. Minister Eszter Berke spoke on Psalms 73, 21-28, emphasizing the importance of being in love with God. Minister István Lőrincz read Romans 10, 6-13 and was talking about how confessing Christ could bring happiness in our lives. Saturday evening a panel discussion took place on the spiritual heritage of CE Romania which includes survivors of communist imprisonments: János Fekete, Miklós Püsök sen., Sámuel Boda, Zoltán Dézsi, Sándor Szilágyi sen. and Ferenc Visky. The conference ended with the Sunday service of minister Sándor Berke which was followed by strengthening the commitment to Christ and the church through reciting the CE Pledge.

November 26, 2015, 15:33 h by Anna Visky.

europe: September 17, 2014

Relaunching CE in Russia

For quite some time we had no news from the CE group established in Moscow in the nineties. Now WCEU office received some wonderful last minute news: on 31 august the first youth CE Group was held in Tambov local Presbyterian Church. God heard the prayers. Dominick’s leader friends are gathering every week to discuss youth ministry in Moscow, he will also join to make further plans.

Dominick Semenov, Leader of CE in Russia:

September 17, 2014, 10:47 h by From mails by Dominick Semenov, Leader CE in Russi.

europe: September 17, 2014

News from Ireland

We are thankful to God for successful YP and Junior Camps. Celebrations to mark 125 years of Christian Endeavor in Ireland will coincide with the 100th Irish National CE Convention on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September 2014 in Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Agnes Street Belfast where it all began. Craig Dyer’s theme will be, “For Christ and the Church”. Church Leaders and civic dignitaries will attend Friday’s Rally and Mrs Jean McGall will be installed as Irish Union President at Saturday’s. There will be a Prayer and Praise Walk plus other activities for the various age groups during Saturday.

September 17, 2014, 10:46 h by Margaret Houston, Communication Officer, CE Irelan.

europe: September 17, 2014

Situation in Syria

Though geographically in Asia the CE union of Lebanon and Syria joined recently the European region, because being part of the Armenian Evangelical Church they feel culturally close and in fact the distance to Europe is less than to the next Asian CE unions.

As the news inform daily the situation in Syria is terrible. The war is destroying everything. Please continue to pray for all the Christians and everybody else suffering in this situation. Pray for peace and mercy. Some time ago reports from the besieged town of Aleppo said endeavorers keep the children busy with an on-going Vacation Bible School. The president of the CE union in Syria and Lebanon, WCEU Trustee Rev. Raffi Messerlian wrote some time ago from Lebanon: “We are ok. As CE we are busy with the summer camps. We started running our renovated camp site in KCHAG. We already had our Junior Camp where about 70 junior campers attended. Next week we will have a camp for children and we are expecting 90 children. Than from August 22 to Sept 1 we will have our youth camp in Armenia. The total number of youth participating is 65 with leaders. We are so excited about that and we have been planning it since one year. The camp site KCHAG was occupied by the Syrian army for years and destroyed. Many years we were trying to renovate it. Last years after raising some money we succeeded in doing big renovations which gives us the possibility of hosting about 80 campers. This is open for our groups and also for other church groups in Lebanon. Of course still there are works to be done there in the future.”

September 17, 2014, 10:38 h by Reported by Andreas A. Rudolph, General Secretary.

europe: June 02, 2014

Leadership meeting at TENKE (TINCA) from Romania

Between 9-11th of May 2014 it was held a leadership meeting with the participation of 24 persons from the boards of CE Romania and Bethania CE Hungary. (as you can see in the picture below)

The aim of the meeting was to discuss about common visions, goals and to find together solutions on some questions regarding to CE work. The program contained presentations about the following topics: calling, responsibility and commitment. Besides them, workshops gave the possibility to discover the main challenges and difficulties inside CE Romania and Hungary. One of the main issues of both organisations is how to involve young people into CE work, how to integrate them into the organisation and how to motivate them to commit themselves. As a way to find solutions we underlined some important aspects of the problem: First of all we need to work on the field of mutual acceptance and understanding of both parties (young and older generation)

We need to give to youth more love and trust in advance We need to communicate using the biblical language of love We need to have a peacemaker and bridge builder presence which can only be given by God. We need to recognise our own problems with some new approaches and forms which are used and tried out by the younger generation

We also had some specific ideas how we could help the process of integration of the young people: It is important to involve young people in the programs, events by giving them specific responsibilities. It is also important to give free hand in some areas for the young people and to learn to give up our leading role in some programs, activities. Make a step back, but in the same time offer support for youth – this seems to be the solution. We also underlined the importance of the continual prayer background on both sides. The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to build stronger relationships with members from another country’s CE organisation and we really felt God’s blessing presence in all what it happened at Tenke. We hope to continue organising and having such kind of meetings also in the near future.

June 02, 2014, 16:55 h by Imola Samaj, secretary at CE Romania National Offi.