Saturday, May 25, 2013

CELG 2013 | Iași, Romania

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Over 40 leaders gathered from throughout the Central European region in the beautiful city of Iași in Eastern Romania, for 3 days of gathering - great teaching, good worship, times of intercession and just getting to hang out with each other - a YWAM gathering is never dull!

Our main speaker was Tom Bloomer, who is the Provost for the University of the Nations, and known as "Mr History". We had a great time sitting at his feet and listening to him share stories and insights from his life -and we were all challenged by his sessions:
There were many other times of great teaching: here is Carmelita Clarke, YWAM Central Europe's leader, sharing on Circles of influence in YWAM Central Europe and what that looks like:
And we also took time to share our stories: it is always encouraging to hear what is going on in the region: from an amazing outreach by Roma from Bulgaria to a Roma village in Albania, to teaching many people with incredible results about "hearing God's voice" in Slovakia, God is doing many things in our region!

We also took time to pray for each other in various we are praying for Ad who has taken a step out of his role in the CELT (Central European Leadership Team) for a year, to focus on many new things happening in Slovakia - including a brand new ministry centre in LukatinIMG_1464
We also took time to use the location of the conference (on a hill overlooking the city) to pray for the city of Iași:
The city is a beautiful place, and one afternoon we were able to enjoy the sites: There are many amazing buildings within a short walk of each other: The beautiful Church of the Three Hierarchs:
The Palace of Culture:
The oldest church "Saint Nicholas" and next door, the oldest house in Iași:
On our last night we were treated to a concert by four wonderful singers (the ones on the left are brother and sister and both sing for the Iași Philharmonic). It was a truly amazing experience. And we got to see why Iași is known as the "city of culture".
We gather as leaders once a year, and as a whole staff every other year, and this is deliberate - we need to renew relationships, not just with each other, but also with the One we are serving, so we can continue to do His work here in Central Europe and beyond. This gathering was not just a good time of input, but also of remembering why we do what we do, so we can keep on doing it! Until next year...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Leadership in the front seat | Drive 2013

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As we have had have had a vision for some time of seeing more leadership development and YWAM DNA in our region, we invited YWAMers from Central Europe for a two-week gathering called ”DRIVE 2013”.

We were very happy to have many from our region being a part of it. Around 35 people had the privilege to listen and process together with Stephe and Rite Mayers, our leaders in YWAM Europe. Stephe`s emphasis on teams and healthy team leadership was a great input for all of us. Rite`s creativity and inspiration was something that set a great standard. She also did a Pre-school seminar in the evenings, and a lot of people from local churches were blessed by that.

In week two, we were blessed by having Wolfgang Jani (Wolfi) teaching about coaching and ”good questions” that we should ask in our lives and in our teams. To conclude our time together, Carmelita Clarke led us through the Myers-Briggs personality test.

It was also a great encouragement and blessing to have Rita Pretorius with us for both weeks. She was teaching and serving in the area of hospitality. Anyone that has experienced her hospitality has had a wonderful taste of what she is truly about. She is a great woman of God.

Loren Cunningham, our founder, was able to invest in Drive 2013 from Kansas City via the Genesis video conference system. This was amazing, and we left the chat with many ”take-aways”. Lynn Green also joined us via Genesis, telling us stories about faith-steps he  has taken, and it was a time of refreshment for all of us.

Drive 2013 was the first leadership training that our community in Constanta has set up, and we know that it is just the start. We are now looking into ”Drive 2014”, so get ready to invest in your leadership.

We were blessed to be able to set this up for our region and we would love to have you come next time, for a time when leaders can come together and say we need one another. Times like these, when those that have gone before us give insights and pour out their lives, are times of gold. Drive 2013 was a time of gold, and so will be Drive 2014...

Go and lead the way!

Rune Saether

YWAM Constanta, Romania

Friday, May 10, 2013

Faith and Conflict | Significant in Central Europe?

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As many of you know, since I took on the role of the leader of YWAM Central Europe, I have talked about the fact that I believe God is going to use us as a mission in this region in a significant way when it comes to reconciliation.  I have never pushed to find out what needs to happen to set something up, as I have always felt that when it is time, God will make the steps clear. There have been different initiatives from different YWAMers and there are some groups also working in this area too, so things are not static, but I have felt there will be a specific door that God will open regarding what we should do.

At the end of this month I, along with three others from our region, will attend a seminar called "Faith and Conflict", hosted by YWAM Ireland.  I am suddenly very excited that God is opening up something to us and the doorway is this seminar.  Jonny Clark, YWAM Ireland's leader, has put on many things before in a similar vein in Ireland, but I have never been able to attend.  I sense that as the 4 of us from CE pray and seek God about our region that something of what is on God's heart will start to come into being and be birth at the Faith & Conflict seminar.

Please pray for this seminar and for what comes out of it. If you are interested in coming along, it is not too late to register at

Is it time for YWAM in CE to take some significant steps towards its role and destiny in regional reconciliation?

-Carmelita Clarke

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tomatoes are FRUIT | Consultation

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Several years ago I learned about Romanian missionaries, and how YWAM Romania was sending them out to India and other nations where many have not heard the Good News. I was impressed!

So as we were looking at setting up a European Frontier Missions (FM) conference, we decided, "why not hold it in Romania and celebrate the calling that God clearly has on them?" We then realised that others in Europe were feeling that God was saying to take more events to Central Europe.

After many months of planning we held the consultation 16-19 April, in Targu Mures, Romania. It would be called "Tomatoes Are Fruit", as so often the things that produce fruit among the unreached, and even the "fruit" itself, does not look like what we expected... in the same way that we are surprised to learn that tomatoes are fruit!

We looked at such topics as:

  • What "pathways" take a person from getting the call to getting to the field?

  • What enables a European missionary to stay on the field?

  • What is producing fruit among migrants to Europe?

  • What can we as a group do to build the FM work in and from Europe?

In answer to the last question, we agreed to build an FM Europe network of about 15 people.

We had 126 names on our mailing list for TomatoesRFruit. If you are European or working in Europe and did not receive those announcements, but would like to hear about future events, write to

And check out our Facebook page: YWAM Frontier Missions Europe

Becky for the Europe FM Leader Team