Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Make the Change | DECEMBER 2012

Make the change Dec 2012

Compliments of the season!

Click on the image or the link below to read the most recent Make the Change: YWAM Central Europe’s monthly focus on finances edited by Carmelita Clarke, YWAM CE Director.

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Make the change Dec 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Make the Change | NOVEMBER 2012

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

YWAM Cluj | New beginnings

This year in YWAM Cluj, Romania, we have seen how God is fulfilling many of our dreams of starting new things to bring the glory to God here in our city.

"Tent of David" Prayer House

After two years of praying and standing firm, God has opened the doors for us to move the Tent of David to rental place in downtown Cluj. We opened the House of Prayer on November 1, 2012.

We are very excited to see what God has for this city and the people he will bring to encounter His presence. In the Tent of David we are praying for all churches to unite and stand together with Jesus for our city and nation. It has been an exciting year as God is transforming it all from the inside out.

"House of Joy"

Our first expectant mother in the House of Joy is a 22 year old woman from Cluj who moved in when she was 7 months pregnant. She is due on November 22 and expecting a baby boy (Ruben).

We were very excited to organize the baby shower in the new home. The mother never had a party for her and this was a very special moment for her and for us in the same time. We are all ready for this baby to come and join us and he is the beginning of us helping many mothers and babies through this wonderful project.

Baseball ministry

A new ministry has been birthed from our baseball camps. Now we have approximately 50 boys and girls meet to receive training in baseball. The vision of this ministry is to bring the kids and their parents to know God and his love. This happens every time when they meet through prayer and godly relationships.

On October 13 the teams, parents and coaches travel to Targu Mureş (2 hours away from Cluj) and played for the first time against teams there. Was a very exciting experience for all involved. Several parents and children start going to church and are interested in knowing more about God.

We are so excited to see how God has been faithful in helping us to begin these new ministries out of our existing ones, and look forward to what He is going to do through them in the city of Cluj and beyond.

- Alin and Gabi Ciorogar, YWAM Cluj, Romania (with Belinda Chaplin)

Friday, November 16, 2012

YWAM Mediaș | A summer to remember

This summer in  YWAM Mediaș, Romania, we had many events in which hundreds of young people have experienced mission for the first time and the life of many of them was changed because of the amazing experiences they had with God.

During the summer, at the base we had 6 teams from different countries America, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany who served passionately in all the ministries and were a huge blessing for us. During the ProMission Festival in August, teams were sent with the message of the gospel to six locations: Oltenia, Moldova, Serbia, Uganda, Kenya and India.

The teams that came to Romania and also our mission teams who went to different locations around the world, returned home with lots of testimonies of what God has done in their lives. Some saw the power of God, others have learned more about His love for the lost, others grew in the gift of serving and some heard God speaking to them clearly about His calling for their lives. Many of them had their eyes opened to a different world than the one they were familiar with, daring to come out of their comfort zone and remain deeply touched in their hearts by the world that exists beyond their known boundaries.

Throughout the summer, we also ran the connected.RO course on evangelism and apologetics, where we focused on Mediaș and the surrounding villages. The purpose was to re-passion ourselves and other young people to evangelize those around us and learn how to answer questions that Romanian society has about God.

It definitely was a summer to remember!

- YWAM Mediaș, Romania

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

YWAM Constanta | Kid's Club dreams of making a difference

Imagine waking up at 7 am. The light coming in through the two broken windows to your one room “house” is already hot. You are one of five people sleeping in the same bed with hardly any room to move. Time to get up. What will you do today? Help your father go through the trash to find scraps of metal to sell? Go begging in the street to make just a bit of money so that your family can eat that day? You would like to go to school but you know that you don’t have a decent pair of shoes, let alone clean clothes that are nice enough to make you socially acceptable to the other children. And how could you ever manage to sit at a desk for four hours without having had anything to eat in the morning? You usually eat just one meal a day. But what is the point of going to school anyway? Your parents never went to school. They don’t know how to read or write and they are doing just fine, aren’t they?

This scenario is not far from the reality that many of the children we know face every day. Although the children in the neighborhood where we work come from families with differing home situations, the poorest live like this- surviving day to day with little hope of anything changing in the future.

After many years of having a weekly club with these children, we decided this year that we needed to support our children in going to school. Our desire is not just to see them succeed in their schooling but also that each child will grow in a real relationship with Jesus and seeing that transform every bit of their lives. To this end we share the Gospel continually with the children and encourage them to follow God’s good plan for them. He is the ultimate hope for a better future and He is the One with power to change even the hardest situations. Please join us in prayer for the transformation of these precious lives!

-YWAM Constanta, Romania

Monday, November 12, 2012

YWAM Poland | A dream realised

In 1985 when I was 11, I had a dream about playground where kids were playing, smiling and getting to know Jesus. I remembered the dream again in 1999 when together with our friends we went to try to find the place. We found the playground and every Saturday there was around 150 kids. God still have good things to come as far as the dream. in 2006 we opened the first new playground for the single mother house in Ruda Slaska which opened the door to the neighborhood and welcome people and kids to come and engage with single mothers. The playground still works today and we renovated it this summer during the After Euro outreach.

Cutting the tape

Also as part of the After Euro outreach, we wanted to give the community where our club is located a new Playground which would be the King's Kids gift to a historical district which used to be a border where in the past two cultures - German and Polish - clashed. We discovered to our surprise that after we heed been praying as Kings Kids for this particular district for many years, that it will be renovated and revitalized and by the grace of God we became part of it spiritually.

On the 12th of October in the presence of officials and the Mayor of the town of Ruda Slaska, we opened the new playground and in my speech I was able to say that God is the one who did it. This is the second playground built thanks to our friends from Switzerland who raised the finances and caught the vision to bless the people of Ruda Slaska!



Not only did this project open a lot of new doors but it also showed many people through media and newspapers that we love God and He loves them. We also participated in this project as family and all of us were able to participate in this big day to show that this our vision  is to bless the others and make families stronger.

And once again, my dream of the playground where kids could run around and play in safety and get to know Jesus has been realised...

After after

-Greg Skrobarczyk with Belinda Chaplin

Friday, November 9, 2012

YWAM Mediaş | School of Christian Biblical Worldview

The base at Mediaş, Romania will be running the School of Biblical Worldview starting in January, 2013. For more information go to: here for English or aici pentru limba română

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

YWAM Constanta | DRIVE 2013

Dear fellow YWAMers in Central Europe,

As we are planning and preparing for DRIVE 2013, its time to sign up.

 Destiny - Refreshment - Innovation - Vision - Equipping

We are heading in for a new time of growth in our region, and this seminar is an opportunity to get great training and to come together to see the future being shaped.

We will have great speakers with us, like Stephe Mayers, Loren Cunningham, Lynn Green (both on the Genesis system) Carmelita Clark, Wolfgang Jani and Rita Pretorius.

We hope you will take time to pray about being part of this two weeks of great input, refreshment and people that wants to stand with you in your pioneering situation.

-Rune and Irene Saether

Baseleaders, Youth With a Mission Constanta

Dates : 17th- 30th of March 2013

Where :  Constanta, Romania

For who : everyone, but especially you in Central Europe.

E-mail us for more information : rune@ywam.ro or irene@ywam.ro


Monday, November 5, 2012

YWAM Cheb, Czech Republic | Discipleship Training School

The small team in Cheb, led by Doris Rabus, is getting ready to re-pioneer the Discipleship Training School in the Czech Republic in February 2013. Doris reports "After two years of 'laying foundations' in Cheb, our team is growing. Luke & Madgdalena with their 3-month-old daughter 'Lahja' will move to Cheb next week. Besides that we will have Dan, Joe (from the USA) and Juan (from Columbia) coming on staff for the first DTS. Please also pray for Rosane who is right now still in Brazil, because her dad got cancer."

After looking at renting a former brothel to use for the DTS and as a future "Lighthouse centre", they ran into some problems with the owner, so as Doris writes "For the DTS, starting in February 2013, we've found another building, which would work perfectly.  It's located next to the graffiti wall,  where we've had a graffiti-& break-dance workshop in the summer. The former boarding school is centrally located and completely furnished. For this first school it seems to be a perfect solution and God's provision." They are still praying about using this building in the future alongside a local Church. Wouldn't that be awesome? Ministering to those caught up in human trafficking  in a former brothel!

Please continue to pray for this team as they make all the preparations for the school: including team building, looking for apartments for new staff, working on inviting different international speakers, advertising, figuring out visas for international students, and lots of communication in every area. Pray also for their continued vision of working with victims of human trafficking in a real and practical way.

-written by Belinda Chaplin, YWAM CE Communication

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

YWAM Banja Luka | Business training

YWAM in Banja Luka, Bosnia Herzegovina, currently consists of just one YWAMer, myself, but I do not work alone, rather alongside an inter-agency team in Church planting and development work. As part of the development work, I help run Business Training courses which was designed in my native South Africa by the South African Institute for Entrepreneurship.

As the unemployment rate among young people in Bosnia is above 50%, and the overall rate at 42%, helping people start their own business is one way that we can help them be independent and make their own living, rather than dependent on handouts. After the training, those that are interested are able to apply for small interest-free loans of up to 2500Euros, which have been provided through the Finnish organisation Fida International.

The training course consists of a business simulation game which is played in three teams. During each module the teams compete and run their own businesses, all the while learning important skills for running their own businesses. Shown below are some pictures while the students are playing the game:

At the end we go through what the students have learnt during that module:

The latest group of 23 students, ranging from housewives to a lawyer, finished the course on Sunday and are shown below with their diplomas:
They were also given business plan forms to fill out, and will be handing those back mid-November. Those that are approved will get money to start their own business before the end of the year. The loans go back into a revolving fund and in that way the hope is that we will be able to continue to help people start their own small businesses for years to come.

For more on what I do, you can see my personal blog: Bee in Bosnia

-Belinda Chaplin, YWAM Banja Luka, Bosnia Herzegovina

Friday, October 26, 2012

Make the Change | OCTOBER 2012

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Member Care | Burnout

Some weeks ago I offered a seminar about Burnout at the Romanian YWAM staff conference. It included a short self test to find out how you are doing in regard to stress. The feedback I got led me to the following conclusion: YWAMers in Central Europe generally are amazingly dedicated and committed, but often work and minister above and beyond their normal capacity both physically and emotionally.

The needs around us are so pressing, the workers are so few, so we try to do it all… ourselves. That works for some time, maybe even years, but inevitably the point will come when you have nothing left to give.

“ You find it hard to get up and go to work in the morning. Work used to be exciting and you used to look forward to what you did with people, but now you are just tired and it takes a great deal of effort to get out of bed. You wonder what is wrong. Could it be that you are suffering from burnout? Could a really committed missionary burn out?...”

This is the introduction of the burnout brochure from www.missionarycare.com

I also noticed that the long term YWAMers often try to keep up with the energetic, young new YWAMers. If you have been in YWAM longer than 5 years and intend to stay, you are like a Marathon runner. If you try to compete with a short distance sprinter, you will very likely not reach your long distance goal!!  So if you are in Missions for the ‘long haul’, you need to adjust your pace accordingly.

How? Read the brochure mentioned above. Also the www.headington-institute.org website has some checklists that are helpful, e.g. the Self-care and lifestyle balance inventory

It does not bring glory to God if we have to leave missions prematurely because of burnout! I have been through an experience like this and it cost me and my family 1 ½ years of lost time as well as thousands of Euros in extra expenses. Take it from me, it is better to ‘hit the brakes’ in time, than to ‘hit the wall’ at full speed.

If you want to talk about this or other things with me or Doris, feel free to contact us for some Skype-time! You can contact us on membercare at ywamce.com (replace the ‘at’ with @)

With lots of love from your MemberCare folks,
Hannes and Doris Steets

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

5 Cities Inititive | Update

Six months after the launch of the 5 Cities Initiative, we are excited to share about progress in each of the locations! Each of the 5 cities is a unique place, with its own history, culture, needs and opportunities. But God is moving in unique ways in each city! Read on to see how…

Prague, Czech Republic: Long term staff Roger and Robin and their two children have been faithfully serving the Czech Republic for twenty years. With so much missions experience, warm and open hearts, and a great network of churches and ministries, Roger and Robin and YWAM Prague are poised for growth. They are currently working on a new strategy for ministry and planning to increase their scope of discipleship. They are praying for more staff to join them. There is so much potential for YWAM to grow in Prague and impact one of the most vibrant cities in Central Europe.

Krakow, Poland: YWAM Krakow welcomed 2 new staff members this summer. Nicole from Switzerland and Simon from Sweden joined Paul from Holland as staff in Krakow. With a heart for mercy ministries and discipleship, the team has jumped right in to work in prisons, orphanages and with the homeless as well as serving the local churches in many ways. They are acting as a bridge, bringing churches together to begin meeting the needs in their own city, and are planning a Discipleship Training School (DTS) that starts in February.

Sarajevo, Bosnia: Fulfilling a dream God gave them many years ago, a six person team from the States is preparing to plant in Sarajevo in the beginning of 2014. They are currently preparing as a team to re-pioneer the YWAM work in Sarajevo. We are so excited to welcome this team. Some are coming back to the city where God has called them long-term. Others are coming for the first time to serve in Sarajevo. We believe they are going to fulfill an important role in living out God’s heart for Sarajevo.

Pristina, Kosovo: YWAM Kosovo is preparing to re-launch in the late summer or fall of 2013. With a vision for a Christian coffee house and a ministry to young people, they are excited to begin ministry in the capital of the second-newest country in the world! Currently the YWAM Pristina team is completing DTS in Norway. They are excited to expand YWAM’s work in a place with so much potential for ministry.

Athens, Greece: Shaken by economic and political turmoil, Greece is in a difficult season in the nation’s history. We are sensing a new openness to the Gospel, however, and believe this is an important opportunity for increased ministry. A multi-national team of five YWAMers is preparing to re-pioneer in Greece in the next six months. We are so excited to have such a strong and vibrant team on the ground sharing the love of God in this crucial time in Greece.

For more information on YWAM Central Europe's 5 cities initiative, check out http://ywamce.com/5cities/

- Yohanan and Rachel Rempt, 5 Cities Initiative

Thursday, October 11, 2012

YWAM Serbia | Summer Mini-DTS

This summer in August we held a mini DTS, to help young people grow in their Identity and draw closer to God as well as to discover their gifting and direction in life. A group of international students came from Croatia and Romania and joined us here in Užice.

It was a wonderful month of learning and full of fun, adventures and activities in the city. During their time here we organized several English clubs, with interesting topics and games. It was a joy to see local young people begin to use English more and correctly.

One fun activity was when we held a face painting event on the main square of Užice. This was a particularly interactive time with many faces, arms, legs, feet and hands painted with everything from simply hearts, to intricate designs of birds and butterflies. By the end of the evening, the children coming to be painted were doing the painting themselves on other children and the international students! It was wonderful to spend time with the kids and It was certainly an entertaining event!

Ana, one of our students from Croatia, organized a poetry evening in the local Tea House which was a great evening. Included were poems read from contemporary Serbian poets, poems written for the evening especially, and poems written and read that very evening after being inspired by listening! Three different languages read in... Serbian, English and Romanian.

Other adventures included hikes around Stari Grad (the old city), up to the Cross above the city to see all of Užice. We pray God’s blessings on this city and nation!

The international students also visited Gostilje waterfall, and Zlatibor several times to shop in the open market, walk around the city, and all together enjoy the beauty of Serbia :)

Please check out the photo gallery on our website to see pictures from this time in Užice and surrounding area.

-YWAM Uzice, Serbia

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

YWAM Targu Mures | Sitting with Crazy Maria

During the last two weeks, the 8-member RescueNet Team of YWAM Heidebeek was able to treat and help approximately 150 people from two local villages and the impoverished community of Cold Valley. It was an incredible blessing to have them with us and to see so many people receive the check-ups and general medical care they so obviously needed.

One day while serving at Cold Valley, a woman - normally left to herself sitting on her box all day watching people - decided to come for evaluation. Known by her community as “Crazy Maria,” she sat down and took off her sock. Finding her foot blackened, the team saw that there was little they could do for her. They cleaned her foot, prayed for her, and then notified her that she needed to go to the hospital for a possible amputation. Two team members walked her home. Once they arrived, they decided to stay with her for awhile to continue praying and visiting with her.

During this time, another member of RescueNet spotted a car with Dutch license plates being driven up the hill. Asking if the driver was from Holland, the driver explained that he worked for a Dutch company and that he was from Cold Valley. When asked if he would like to talk about God, the driver declined, explaining that all the Christians he knew talked about God but didn’t live like God was real. During the conversation, the driver looked down the hill and saw two people sitting with Crazy Maria. “This is what I think Christians should be doing - sitting with people no one likes and caring for them. These are the Christians I want to know.” Finding out that the two sitting with Crazy Maria worked along with the team member speaking with this man, he became open to hearing more about God.

The people ministering to Maria didn’t know they were being watched. They only wanted to bless this woman whose needs were significant. But God used them, providing an example to an unbelieving man whose expectation of Christians had, on this particular occasion, been met.

Each day, we have an opportunity to be Christ to someone around us, and whatever we do might - in fact - be seen by others. It can be as simple as sitting and spending time with a person no one particularly likes. Thank you, RescueNet, for being such a testimony.

YWAM Targu Mures Staff

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Make the Change | SEPTEMBER 2012

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The 5 Cities Initiative

The 5 Cities website has a wonderful video explaining more of what the initiative targeting Krakow, Prague, Sarajevo, Pristina and Athens is about. Check it out:

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And check out the website on http://ywamce.com/5cities/

Monday, September 24, 2012

CammiAnn Hinge's new music video

For those of you who don't know CammiAnn, she is the youngest daughter of Shanie and the late Peter Hinge, both long time King's Kids leaders in this region. We are so thrilled for the whole family, but especially CammiAnn, for putting together this fantastic music video which is of the first song from her album. May the Lord continue to bless her endeavours...

And now enjoy the video!!
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Report on the Global Leadership Gathering

During the final days of YWAM’s annual leadership meeting, which was held Sept 2-8 in England, YWAM’s founders elaborated on YWAM’s move toward eldership and circles of relationship.

Darlene Cunningham explained the history of this eldership emphasis, which goes back to a YWAM leadership meeting in Nanning, China in 2002. They realized they had begun to think of themselves more in corporate terms, and less in biblical terms. They felt led to repent of this. Loren Cunningham gave a key message on eldership at that time. The leaders created the Nanning Covenant to summarize the commitments they felt God was leading them to make (search this site for these documents).

Now, ten years later, Darlene admitted we’re still trying to understand the implications of this message. She said the eldership language doesn’t mean YWAM is doing away with all governmental bodies, policies and guidelines. We still need these, she said. The eldership role, though, emphasizes seeking God and hearing from Him. “We see God wants us to move to be these spiritual leaders He has called us to be,” Darlene said.

Darlene further admitted we are still trying to find the right words to explain this spiritual leadership. But she urged the Global Leadership Gathering to operate in the spirit of this emphasis, even if all the particulars haven’t been figured out. “Don’t have that spirit that says I direct this area, I am the gatekeeper, and you have to bow really low to get through this gate.”

She said the concept of circles, circuits and cycles was a further revelation that came to Loren in 2011. It’s a way of thinking about the who, the where and the when of our YWAM community. She asked, what kinds of circles of relationship can we put together that represent affinities in calling? She gave the example of four people who all pursue some kind of family-related ministry. Two of them might work at one ministry center. Two others might live in other places around a region. What could happen if they all start connecting with each other?

In discussion following Darlene’s presentation, she was asked how YWAM deals with conflict now. An earlier YWAM appeals process recommended a way of working up through YWAM’s leadership structure. Darlene said she had helped create this process, but eventually saw it didn’t work very well. She said now YWAM’s leaders still emphasize using the Matthew 18 principles, and encourage involving people gifted in peacemaking, who are close to the situation, who know the individuals involved. But she added, “We do still have leadership in place. You can say, ‘We’ve gone as far as we can go, can you help us.’” She said this help will often involve providing guidance about the principles and methods to seek a resolution.

Another person asked, “Who is an elder?” Lynn Green, a senior leader, explained, “It’s someone who is recognized as having mature leadership in the group in which he or she is placed.”

Loren Cunningham closed the discussion by giving advice on how to incorporate the circles of relationship concept. “We’re not pressing you to rush home and do something,” he stated. “This will unfold for you. If you have a base of 12 people, you have a circle already. Don’t make it complicated. As God gives revelation, it’s just something you obey and you walk into it.”

The Global Leadership Gathering’s final days covered many other topics as well. They received an invitation for YWAMers to attend the upcoming Call2All gathering, May 21-27 in Thailand (call2all.org) and to send teams to the World Cup outreach in Brazil in 2014 (www.ywamkickoff2014.com). They learned about a biblical view of debt from economist Paul Mills (www.jubilee-centre.org). They prayed for YWAM children’s ministries, for protection for YWAM’s workers in the Middle East, for revival in South Korea and for YWAM’s University and ships.

They learned that the Uniskript method of writing has been completed and has helped illiterate people learn to read after only six hours of instruction. They learned that YWAM is helping train teachers throughout Indonesia (www.trampil.org). They celebrated the fact that 20,000 people made commitments to Christ in a recent Impact World Tour in Jeju Island, South Korea. They learned about the prayer website onevoiceprayer.net. They heard about the 2020 vision of Bibles for every home, and received a report about the Bible distribution work of YWAM Costa Rica.

During their breakout meeting, the Global Leadership Forum subgroup also made several appointments. They gave their blessing to Kevin Sutter as YWAM’s new frontier mission leader, to Caleb Brownhill as Southeast Asia leader, to Carl Tinnion as Western Europe leader, and to the new North Africa leadership team. They also prayed for Jiggu Bogi, who is taking over the leadership of the South India region.

The Global Leadership Forum (GLF) also sought God’s leading about YWAM’s commitment to the annual Global Outreach Day, which will be held on June 1 in 2013. They felt led to commit to work toward the goal of doing evangelism in every one of the 4,000 4K Omega Zones all at the same time on a Global Outreach Day. They didn’t set a specific year for this, but pledged to see this happen as soon as possible during the next eight years.
“It will be thrilling,” said David Hamilton, Assistant Provost of the University of the Nations. “It will grow us. It will help us embrace the breadth of the world more intentionally.”

The GLF plans to meet next year in Tijuana Mexico in conjunction with the University of the Nations Workshop, planned for Sept 3-7, 2013.

In the final event of the gathering, the entire group stood together on an enormous vinyl map of the world, broken into the 4K Omega Zones. They prayed together about places of the world that each person had on their heart.

Just as the final worship song ended, John Dawson, one of YWAM’s senior leaders, had a sense of God speaking to the group. His words were for the 270 people in the room, but they apply to the whole YWAM family. John spoke out the words he felt God speaking: “Go out of this building with my hand in yours. I did not choose you because you were the strong one. This is what I do, and I chose you to come with me to be my companion in the harvest. I watch over you with fierce love. You are the apple of my eye. You are free to be a laughing people, to be a dancing child. The captain of the heavenly host goes before you.”

To watch recordings of many of the GLG sessions, please visit:

Bryan Bishop - GLG Communication

Other reports:



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Make the Change | AUGUST 2012

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Make the Change | JULY 2012

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Report from Poland | AFTER EURO

 After Euro Football Tournament

Last year we were praying for Jesus' heart for Poland during the Euro Cup, which took place in Poland and Ukraine in June/July 2012. We realized very quickly that we shouldn't do anything during the main tournament, but that we needed to organize a football tournament after the Euro and that is how we got the name: "After Euro" . I was born in Ruda Slaska and knew how many young people love football and after organizing quite few tournaments during the school year with my brother-in-law, we knew that this one will be special.

We wanted the football players to know as much as possible about Jesus who saved them and share that besides football there is a normal, regular life around them of which they are a part. "Be Human - know Jesus" - this is what we shared after each game, which took a long time everyday because we had around 200 players and 12 teams. They played on three different football fields around Ruda Slaska, so we could create the feeling of a big tournament.

Sharing about Jesus after a game

All the Polish teams played in the qualifications to the finals and the best four made it to the quarter-finals where four foreign teams waited, a DTS from England, two teams from Switzerland and one from the United States. Of course none of the foreign teams made it through to the finals, but that wasn't the goal. We wanted to make friendships, show fun and share love from Above. The finals started with worshiping God together which totally surprised the players who never before experienced anything like that before.

During this time we hosted 33 young people from Switzerland, 13 people from Rivertree Church in Huntsville Alabama, 7 people from California from The Father House in Vacaville, one couple from Sweden, and a DTS team of 13 people from England plus around 20 people from Poland. Some of them realized that there is a lot of younger Polish guys who would like to participate in something like this, so they want to help us next year to organize another tournament!

All of the teams together

Our award ceremony took place at the Catholic Church where the whole community showed up to have fun with us. We connected our event with the grand opening of a new social room for the public, therefore we had the privilege to have the deputy mayor of Ruda Slaska, the Director of Social Services and the Principle of the School where we hosted the teams come along. We also announced that in September we will open a public playground with the money the Swiss team collected.

The Deputy Mayor, Principle of the School and the Director of Social Services receive a California Flag from the California Team at the award ceremony

During the tournament we also had a lot of other ministries going on. Every day the teams left to work with the single-mother shelter, the foster house, host a kids' program, do practical works and of course, football. Ministry included cleaning streets, repairing old playgrounds, making a "spa" for women, cooking cookies together with the foster kids, buying 6 new special beds and painting a room in the school we were living in.

Outreach to the children

It was great to meet in evening: gathering and share testimonies of what God did in our and people's lives.

One of the many really cool testimonies is about a 14-year-old girl, Ania. She started coming to our King's Kids club in April, shy and quiet, but ready to help. In the meantime our family was in the States on sabbatical. My wife, Erin, and I were trying have creative worship every day with our own two children, Abigail and Hannah. One morning during our worship time, our 5-year-old, Hannah drew a girl who wants to be happy and is looking for some "magic" land. We kept the picture, but didn't think anything of it. During the "After Euro" event our friend Steve saw this picture and talked to Hannah, and then he realized that he had met someone who looked liked Hannah's picture of the girl, here at the event.

Hannah's picture and Ania

Steve talked to the girl and showed her the picture and Ania just couldn't believe that somebody knew what was going on in her life. She is living only with her dad (and doesn't really talk about her mom) and she tried to find better "magic" place and escape from her bad memories. Now she has found her true magic place: she discovered Jesus and accepted Him as her personal Saviour!

-Greg Skrobarczyk (with Belinda Chaplin)

30 Days...

Today marks the beginning of Ramadan. There is a fantastic prayer booklet available to help us pray for our Muslim friends and neighbours not only in Central Europe, but around the world. If you haven't managed to get a paper copy it is actually available for download (in e-book, kindle and other formats). Click on the image or go here to download it - it is free, with the option to donate towards the costs of producing it.

Friday, July 13, 2012

New YWAM CE Website Lift off

We have launched a completely new YWAM Central Europe Website, check it out by clicking on "YWAM CE" on the top right!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I love it! Do it! How can I help?

It's been already a few weeks since we heard these words being spoken by Carl at the CESG. His challenge to us was to use these words whenever we hear of a new opportunity… And I must say they have already had quite an impact on my life.

I spent over 10 years in this region, serving with YWAM, and doing so many different things along the way. Always willing to try something new and never quite knowing how it would turn out. Then something quite unexpected happened. God called me onward. I didn't see that one coming. After some tears and some struggles and asking that all important question, "Is that really you God?" I knew God was calling me into something new, and that I would do that in a new way.

As many of you already know I moved last year to Thailand. It is exciting and sometimes scary to be learning a new language, a new culture, a new YWAM community/ region… and all that comes with a new country. BUT, I believe God sending me there after my time in Central Europe is bigger than just me and my life. I believe that God wants to see more partnerships in Central Europe, not just Western Europe partnering with us to see greater reach… But also Central Europe partnering with others to see His Kingdom come… and I believe I can play a role in that.ling me into something new, and that I would do that in a new way.

This month YWAM Thailand has been focusing on the country of Laos. We have been praying, seeking new connections, and sending teams there. Thailand is still greatly unreached, with less than 2% being Christian, and yet we are already focusing on our border country of Laos. Laos is still a communist nation and "closed" but as I have been praying and thinking, I believe that the nations here in Central Europe that were under communism for so long, may just have some special keys to help reach into Laos. So, can I ask you to pray and think and possibly partner with Laos?

It's possible that God has been preparing this connection for quite some time. I believe that the years spent in communism here in Central Europe… as bad as they were… can still be redeemed and possibly impact a land where communism is still the power that rules.

If you would like more information or would like to share about a prayer time that you have had for Laos, please get in touch with Sam Sarvis or myself Rebecca Gibbons

So to remind us of Carl's challenge: if God is laying on your heart something NEW, done in a NEW WAY, maybe with another nation (even a Western nation or far away nation), people group, YWAM location… anything that you feel you are to partner with… then we as Central Europe should be saying:

    "Do it! We love it! How can we help?" 

Soaring about the trees,
Rebecca Gibbons

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The 5 Cities Initiative: Yohanan and Rachel Rempt

Yohanan and Rachel Rempt are the new Strategic Partnership Coordinators for YWAM Central Europe's 5 Cities Initiative. They are from Seattle, Washington and love hiking, traveling, and having people in their home for good food and great fellowship.

Yohanan has been with YWAM since 1998, serving in Lausanne, Switzerland; Budapest, Hungary with the International DTS Center; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and most recently Holmsted Manor, England. He has worked for many years with DTS and loves living and working with YWAM in Europe. Since serving in Budapest and Sarajevo a decade ago, Yohanan's heart has been in Central Europe and he is thrilled to be again living and working in the region.

After meeting Rachel in 2008 and completing their masters degrees in Intercultural Studies at Wheaton College in the USA, they married and moved back to Europe to work with YWAM. They relocated to Budapest in April to coordinate the 5 Cities Initiative and work in the Central European Office with Carmelita Clarke. They love to encourage people to pursue their passions and help equip them for leadership and living missionally. They are settling into their new role and life in Budapest and are enjoying getting to know the people and places in Central Europe.

The 5 Cities Initiative is a project that seeks to see long term, sustainable, transformational YWAM ministry locations in 5 key Central European cities within 2 years. The Initiative focuses on Krakow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Pristina, Kosovo; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Athens, Greece. The goal is to support and strengthen existing teams in these locations, establish new ministries in locations with no team currently, and help transform these cities for the Kingdom of God.

The 5 Cities Initiative was birthed from prayer and strategic planning by YWAM Central European leadership. Its goal is to respond to the need in Central Europe to see missions increase and to strategically plan concrete ways of describing and responding to that need.

Like so many places in this region, each of these cities is a key cultural and historical location where YWAM has either had significant ministry in the past or currently sees the opportunity for significant new ministry. The 5 Cities Initiative is also a wonderful opportunity for YWAM Western Europe and other parts of YWAM to partner with Central Europe in seeing YWAM strengthened and/or established in our region.

As we have been praying about the 5 Cities Initiative, God gave us a picture of a giant funnel over Central Europe. The sense we got was that God had many people and resources to pour into Central Europe from other places around the world. But there was a second part to this funnel picture too. From the ground the funnel looks like a trumpet. We believe that God is saying that He wants Central Europe to not just receive resources and people from other places but to also give to the world the gifts and callings He has placed in Central Europe. The funnel goes both ways, into Central Europe and then out to the world. This is the vision we believe God has for Central Europe, and the 5 Cities Initiative is one way to help bring about this vision for our region.

For more information about the 5 Cities Initiative and about specific ways to partner through sending teams, prayer, finances, or other opportunities, please contact the 5 Cities Coordinators, Yohanan and Rachel Rempt at The.5.Cities@gmail.com or check out the 5 cities website.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Member Care | Crisis Response

Dear friends,

Welcome to our new regular MemberCare column!

Here we want to talk about current issues that affect us in our life and ministry with YWAM in Central Europe.

Now, what would you do if…
- A team member is run over by a car and is killed?
- Your child has an accident in the house and is critically injured?
- A visiting YWAMer is robbed by someone pointing a gun at her?

How DO you react? What to do first? Who can you contact for help? Who needs to know what happened? Medical help, police, insurance, leaders, family members?


When we read such a list of horrible scenarios, we often get this sinking feeling in our stomach, together with the thought: “I hope this never happens to me!” and then: “Maybe if I don’t think about it, it won’t happen…”

And so we quickly try to forget about it again. Most YWAM teams and bases that I asked about this had nothing on file to help them in a crisis situation. (Not even the usually so organised Germans!)

Probably the old boy scout motto: ” Be prepared!” is a better response.

Why don’t you take the time to find out and write down things like:

- Phone numbers of: Next of kin for Team members
- Update insurance information incl. Hotline for MedEvac
- Local police, fire brigade, hospital etc.
- YWAM national and regional leaders
- (our MemberCare cell # is: 0049 163 339 2671, email: membercare@ywamce.com)

Now print it out and put it in a brightly coloured folder. Tell your team where this will be kept.

We are in the process of coming up with some more comprehensive check lists for crisis situations.

We will keep you informed.

Hannes and Doris Steets
YWAM CE Member Care

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Make the Change | JUNE 2012

Click below to read the most recent Make the Change: YWAM Central Europe's monthly focus on finances

Helping you make the change so you flourish in mission

Make the Change June 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Bye Bye Bec...

So, Bec leaves tomorrow after being here here in Banja Luka almost two weeks, and while she has been here we have been busy beavers. Besides running two cultural nights at EKC Ihtus and moving most of the stuff for H.O. MOST/Christian Fellowship Church to a new location (we have until the end of June to get out and Bec was a GREAT help), we have been working hard on communications stuff.

Bec and I have been working together for 5 years as the "communications team" for YWAM in Central Europe. We worked mostly virtually - she lived in Czech and I here in Bosnia, and then together at conferences and workshops, etc. Now that she is no longer in the region (she is working with YWAM in Thailand) we have been working on ways to do more stuff automatically - setting up systems so that I can do most of what she did without it being (that much) more work for me... and for Carmelita, the YWAM Central European director as well.

 And in the end we have got much more communications bang for our buck. She is busy working on a website for the region that will just be updated automatically (I just did a bit of proof reading). This means it is minimal work for me. YAY! We set up a new mailing list for the region which is MUCH more user friendly than the one we had until now. We then decided to put up this blog which will be linked to that website. We also set up twitter and connected it to our facebook page. In fact the blog is also connected, so if anything goes on here, it is automatically sent to twitter and facebook. And we managed to do all this for free... (well, actually, the website is paid for, but everything else is free), which is pretty amazing!

 Now, we just have to motivate people in the Central European region to get their stories and articles out there, and we will be in business!!

 So even though it is sad to see Bec go, she is leaving a HUGE communication legacy in this region! (and we will continue to stay in touch as we did before, via email, skype and facebook!)...

-Belinda Chaplin in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thursday, June 21, 2012


We have started a blog for the Central European region of Youth With A Mission. We hope this will start a lot of conversations in this region!!!

New things in new ways

We are trying to figure out how to communicate with everyone better. Here’s hoping this blog is a good thing!!!!!

Make the Change | MAY 2012

Click below to read the most recent Make the Change: YWAM Central Europe's monthly focus on finances

Helping you make the change so you flourish in mission

Make the change May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Central European Staff and Leadership gatherings

How to sum up the YWAM CESG that was held at the end of May in Vajta, Hungary? Not easily - it was 4 days with 150 people in a fantastic place with great speakers and informative workshops, lovely times of worship, fun fellowship in the pool; everything you expect when the YWAM family comes together for a gathering!

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what it was like: We started off in a smaller group of leaders (about 70) for the first day:

During this time we had great sessions with Al Akimoff  and Mike Oman:

And also prayed in three new members of the CELT (Central European Leadership Team): Helga Nurnberg and Chris and Mirjam Klop: joining Wolfgand Jani and Ad de Bruin in helping Carmelita Clarke lead the Central European region.

Then we were joined by another 80 people, and our main speaker for the weekend was YWAM England's leader, Carl Tinnion:

He was a fantastic speaker, and he also had a lot of visual aids which definitely helped us to remember what he was talking on: Pioneering and Partnerships:

We will never forget the walking on water, getting out of the box, and the new man... and making sure that we are constantly doing new things in new ways...Thanks Carl for giving us lots to think about.

We also had great times of worship: The worship team was made up of people from all over: Finland, Serbia, Romania, Sweden and the US and they were amazing! Thank you Mirjam and Marko and the rest of the team for doing such a great  job for us!

We had workshops on the one afternoon, ranging from coaching to trafficking to family ministries to pioneering: there really was something for everyone. The below photo is of Al and Carolyn running the workshop on the very important topic of Trafficking:

The place was phenomenal: The Calvary Chapel Conference Centre in Vajta, Hungary: It is a former Castle, and it is beautiful!

There was a wonderful children's and teen program provided by the PCYM (Principals in Child and Youth Ministry) school from Constanta, Romania. Here are the teens (and their program leaders) enjoying the volleyball court:

And we all enjoyed the use of the lovely big swimming pool! And it was extremely useful for practicing our "walking on water" skills as Carl advised us to do: more about that in the summary video below...

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/43095654]

For more photos go to our Facebook page.