Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Central European Leadership Gathering "The Keys"

The 2018 Central European Leadership gathering was held near Cluj, Romania in May. The core circle of Florin, Arlen, Alket and I had the privilege of leading this wonderful gathering of 80 people who came together to learn about "The Keys".

When we were praying through who to invite to speak, we all felt that it was right to have Stephe and Rite Mayers come and share their wisdom with us. And we can see that it really was God's idea. It was so great not just to have them share from the front, but also in between as well. During the sessions, we learnt about transitions, and team leadership, and so many more "Keys".

We also had the honour of opening on our first evening with Al Akimoff who shared stories with the common theme of the importance of simple obedience. It was lovely to have him and Carolyn and many of our other elders with us as well.

We also prayed in the new Area Circle Team (pictured below). These people will come alongside the core circle to provide leadership to the Area of Central Europe. Currently there are 17 people on this new "ACT", representing countries and various regional ministries.

I was looking through the feedback forms from everyone and so many put as their highlight "the community" or "building relationships" or "spending time with others". In our region of mainly smaller teams and bases, it is so important to be reminded of how we are connected to the bigger picture of YWAM.

We also had two afternoons of amazing workshops, and on one afternoon a lovely walk to a nearby waterfall. But we also had enough free time to build relationships and  network together in the beautiful surroundings.

All in all, it was definitely one of my most favourite gatherings to date!
Belinda Chaplin (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Convener for Central Europe

Now, don't just take my word that it was a great gathering:
Here are some testimonies from other people:

The CELG was wonderful for me. I was able to get together for the first time in as the YWAM Slovenia team. Yes, there is a team soon in Slovenia! A wonderful couple from New Zealand is moving to Slovenia next year. For me this is a huge blessing and a testimony of God’s faithfulness and provision. Such a huge answer on many prayers, when we prayed that God would send people who would come and serve alongside me, pioneer and have heart for Slovenia the and Slovenian nation.

Andreja Klinc (Slovenia)

When we meet together as YWAM Central Europe, as a family, God comes through and answers to our search for him. The CELG was an amazing 4 days with great leaders from across CE. We enjoyed very good teaching from Stephe and Rite Mayers, we connected, we prayed together, we enjoyed the nature around us.

Tabita Huluban  (Romania)

It was great to be all together for the CELG meeting, seeing old friends, hearing what is going on in the different nations from Central Europe, making new friends and rejoicing together. I left from the meeting very encouraged and full of passion to extend the kingdom of God.

We had Stephen Mayers teaching about leadership, transition, how to be a model in leadership and how to take people along, to invest in them and then to make space for them to lead, as the example of Jesus, walking with his disciples, teaching them and then passing on the leadership.

Benjamin Simion (Romania)

Monday, April 23, 2018

B2B Romania

As I celebrate 10 years of being in YWAM I am looking back and thinking what made me stay, what made me find my place in YWAM? And one of the first thinks coming to my mind were: people invested in me, I found here a place where I can grow, learn, develop... YWAM gave me value. And this is what we want to continue do for young leaders coming in YWAM.  

B2B is one of this tools that we have in YWAM for young, emerging leaders to grow. After many years, the second B2B took place this year in Romania and we had 18 participants from all the bases in the country. What made it very special was the fact that our staff team included people from different bases, from the national leadership team, a convener, some of our elders in the region and we benefited from the experience of amazing leaders. We have seen God working in our lives and in the leadership of the participants.

Here are some of the testimonies from the participants:

„In this course you learn not only things about leading others, but also leading yourself, how to start practically and plus there is a great time of fellowship, and learning from each other!”


“B2B is like a refreshing rain in your personal development if you are open for what God has for you!”

“This experience helped me grow and develop my abilities as leader, I will keep hold of them my whole life!”

“It was an amazing experience with lots of fulfilling moments!”

We are already planning our next B2B for March 2019, so stay tuned! 😊

Tabita Huluban, 

YWAM Romania

Friday, April 6, 2018

YWAM Craiova - Romania

Craiova, Romania's 6th largest city and capital of Dolj County, is a beautiful city in SW   Romania with about 300 000 people, but in a very big need for  the Gospel.                        Total of evangelical christians in our town is less than 1%. The majority are Orthodox.     The need of workers is really big and we believe God is raising up His people in this part of Romania, so that it will not be considered anymore one of the poorest parts of             Romania economically and spiritually.
It is also a strategic place for the Balkans, and we believe God will use us to bring His     Kingdom all around this region.

YWAM Craiova is a young ministry in a pioneering situation, but with a great team full of enthusiasm, living a  dream with God, who is making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert  (Isaiah 43:19).
Our vision is to help our generation to know the Lord and to fulfill God’s calling for His   glory, and to bring  transformation to society, and all nations!
Depending on God, we are committed for Prayer, Evangelism, Discipleship of youthEquip workers and leaders, Mobilize for mission, Mercy ministries and Church Planting and Coaching.
We started in 2015: a family with 2 small kids and a girl, all romanians.    Now, after almost 3 years, we are a team of  10 long-term staff from      Romania, Brasil and Republic of  MoldovaAs a team we function in English and Romanian.
Our ministry involves running a DTS each year and other seminars: 
Church Planting Course 
World View Seminar
Relationships seminars
Mission Conference
Kairos Course

Ema Bogdan
Craiova, Romania

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Hope dies last

We started the ministry Hope Dies Last as a response to encountering so many people from the Central Europe region who had been trafficked to Western Europe. Nearly 4 years ago we moved to Budapest at the invitation of Carmelita and Yohanan to continue working towards creating prevention and educational tools around the topic of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. We fell in love with the region and hope to see more YWAMers focus long-term on this part of the world. 

Since moving to Budapest, Hope Dies Last has created tools like The Book of Love for front-line ministries to use to connect to the more than 1 million people in prostitution across the continent. The Book of Love is a beautifully designed 186 page pocket-sized book in 6 regional languages. Currently this book which contains the gospel of John, life affirming art and hotline numbers is in use by more than 50 ministries. To meet demand we've started a fully redesigned version in Russian which will be ready for distribution this Summer.

We've also developed connections with regional anti-trafficking ministries and help facilitate the Shine Conference to create a more cohesive network to share information and encouragement. The next Shine Conference is in Bad Blankenburg, Germany this October 4-7. If you are interested you can contact us at

Through our networking in the region, we've seen a need for more focused and trained anti-trafficking staff. To help meet this need we are partnering with YWAM Perth for an anti-human trafficking Discipleship Training School this Summer/Fall semester. The Priceless x Hope Dies Last DTS will consist of 5 weeks of lecture in Perth followed by 7 weeks in Budapest. Outreach for the 30+ students will be in Germany, the Balkans and the Middle East. More info:

Chad S

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

God of miracles - YWAM Athens

God has yet again shown us in YWAM Athens that He is a God of miracles and faithfulness!

Athens was invaded yet again with the outreach “YWAM United”, 300 people in outreach teams mainly from bases around in California. We had an incredible time with them and saw many people come to the Lord. They who received Jesus were taken to churches, where they can get fellowship with others.

This is a brief list of what we saw:

* Salvations -73
Healings -142
* Bibles -481
* Baptisms -15 
* Haircuts -60
* 5- camps we shared the gospel
* 2- families got into housing
* Preached at a terrorist camp
* 50 -scarves handed out
* 40+ Gift bags
* So much discipleship 
* Make overs
* Hosted people in homes for meals 
* Deliverances
* Many pickpocketers stopped
* 130 gifts given to women in white light district (brothels) 
* Soup distribution 
* 300 lbs of food 
* Murals painted
* Helped someone start a business 
* Help resource jobs
* Refurnished houses
* Paint projects
* Played with so many kids
Art ministry

The most radical healing happened on the metro with one of our guys (Kostas) who received Jesus in November. Kostas was together with a leader from California when the metro stopped and announced that a man had gotten a heart attack. Over the speaker they asked if there was a doctor on board. Our new believer, Kostas, was sure that God is the alternate doctor and the leader followed him to find the man that was unconscious. When they found the man, he didnt have any pulse, but Kostas took his hand and prayed out loud in Greek. The man that were unconscious opened his eyes and was immediately healed and brought back to life!!

YWAM Athens