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

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