Friday, November 29, 2013

YWAM Cluj | Living Well Romania

As an expression of God's heart, Living Well Romania, a new ministry, is being pioneered to reach Romanian families affected by adoption. Several opportunities are available with this ministry on a long-term or short-term basis.

Resources are very limited for adoptive families or professionals on how to effectively meet the needs of the adoptive children. Recently the translation of the book, Becoming a Family was completed. This book explains how parents can help their children heal from abandonment and learn to attach to their adoptive families. It is now available for purchase for the first time in Romanian!

A new bi-weekly support group is meeting to offer support to adoptive families. Six to eight families are meeting together to work through an attachment workbook. A program for the children is being developed with the objective to reinforce attachment methods.

A 3-day Attachment seminar was attended by 170 professionals, foster parents and adoptive parents in October 2013. Lynn Wetterberg, MS and Dr. Sally Popper, Ph.D. from the USA spoke on the effects of abandonment and the process of attachment and development. This seminar qualified as continuing education credits for the professionals. Counsel was provided for adoptive parents on a personal level throughout the day.
Several opportunities are available to serve with this ministry. They include working with a local woman who visits a hospital daily to hold, change, feed and interact with babies who have been abandoned. Many people are needed to join her in these daily visits. Additionally help is needed to work with a home for abused children and several orphanages.  They have requested people to come visit the children, to celebrate their birthdays, to serve as hospital parents and to help them with their homework. This is a first-time opportunity to work within the social services system.

If you have a heart for orphans, adoptive families and missions, please contact Aaron and Ana Stafford using their Facebook page or on their website and find out about opportunities to serve with Living Well Romania.

- YWAM Cluj

Monday, November 11, 2013

Unified Region | Prayer Day

In the early morning hours of October 24th some of our YWAM CE teams sat in a car and traveled towards the borders of our region.  We had set apart this day as a Regional Unified Prayer Day where we corporately wanted to pray that God would lift off the blanket of spiritual darkness and hopelessness from our nations.

In May this year when we had a gathering in Iasi, Romania, during one of our prayer times, we received the following picture from God: On a map all the nations of our region are displayed. They are covered with a thick blanket and the light is blocked out – it is rather dark underneath. And then the blanket slowly starts to be removed from our region. It starts at the corners and edges and more and more light is pouring in!

I think that all of us at times, in one way or another, feel the darkness in our region. But this is not what God wants for our nations - He is a God of light and hope, of future and restoration! 

So, on October 24th, we traveled to the corners and edges of our region to pray. As YWAM Budapest we went to the little bridge of Andau at the Austrian border. And as we were driving towards the west, other teams were on their way towards the northern, eastern and southern borders of our region. We had teams praying at the North Sea, at the Black Sea and at the Mediterranean! Other teams stayed at their YWAM bases all over our region and prayed there. Here is a map of where most of the teams were situated: red were the travelling teams, yellow the teams already at the borders and green most of the other places where people prayed
It was a great joy to read the feedback from all these different teams! I think that many of us felt that there is something truly powerful in seeking God together as a region. There is a beautiful abundance and wealth in what God spoke to us corporately! The different teams gave plenty of the insights, prayers, impressions, verses and pictures that God shared with them. And they together form a powerful statement: God is at work! He is not yet finished with His good and powerful work of restoration in our region. In the midst of our (sometimes challenging) day-to-day work and ministry God is bringing forth His good plans of future and hope.

Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the collapse of communism in our region. Enormous changes have taken place in our nations during these years. But there is more to come! God is faithful and powerful and invites us to co-work and build with Him together. I believe that this day of prayer was one good step on this way and I believe that the Regional Prayer Day will become a good tradition for us here in YWAM CE!

-Heidi Kovacs
YWAM Budapest



Friday, November 8, 2013

Megacities in Kolkata, India in 2014

As you may have heard, starting in April 2014, Megacities will begin in Kolkata, India!

Many teams and trainers will come to join in the great work already happening in Kolkata, as well as to seek God for new ways to reach the city and see a greater momentum towards city transformation.

In Kolkata, we stand on the shoulders of giants. I am reminded of William Carey, whose church still stands in Kolkata today. He said, "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God”. Carey and many others have "expected and attempted" great things in Kolkata.

Kolkata's most well known servant was of course, Mother Teresa who is known worldwide. She was an apostle to the poor. Once interviewed by a journalist looking for a story he asked when she first felt called to the poor. Her response, "I never felt called to the poor".

Jesus has called Megacities to focus on Kolkata. We had many invitations when a word from the Lord came through a YWAM leader who had just been there, to urgently consider Kolkata. I am convinced He wants to build on the effort of those who have gone before us, and now is the time! The entire Body of Christ there is coming together to welcome and work alongside Megacities teams. Our desire is to honour the faith and visionary efforts of those who have gone before us.

Kolkata is home to over 8 million Bengali people, one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. Over a million of these precious people live in extreme slum situations. The church is much smaller in comparison to every other major Indian city, with much of the city still having little, to no, Christian witness.

Rajan, YWAM city coordinator said:
"I’m really excited about Megacities coming to Kolkata. When I moved to Kolkata, God specifically talked to me about city transformation and I believe strongly that Megacities is going to transform the whole city of Kolkata. So I invite teams internationally, even from India to come and be part of what is going to happen in the city of Kolkata."

Megacities has advance teams who prepare the city for the influx of many teams over the course of a year. Teams that choose to do their outreach with Megacities are placed in regions according to where their gift and focus will have maximum impact. All outreach teams are welcome; DTS, any second level school, staff and church teams will benefit from the city-wide vision and pre-established relationships.

Each team adds to building momentum over the course of the year. My experience is that as teams are welcomed into a city by believers in faith for God to move in greater ways, the effectiveness of each team is multiplied leading to greater results in terms of lives changed, salvation, discipleship and church mobilisation.

Markus Steffen, president of the UofN and base leader of YWAM Lausanne, said, “We are so thrilled for what God is doing through Megacities. Our teams had an amazing outreach and the way Megacities facilitates for the teams is adding so much to the fruitfulness. For the students to see a unified way of serving the well-being of a city is a wonderful approach.”

Would you consider sending outreach teams to Kolkata, starting in April of 2014 until March of 2015?

I believe your teams’ effort would increase momentum toward the transformation of the city. There is no limit to the number of teams you send or the size of teams, although teams of 8-10 have greater mobility and ease in moving around the city. Every kind of team has a place, and every kind of ministry is needed.

For further details please contact Rod and the team at info@megacities.org.au or visit our website www.megacities.org.au

Thanks for your consideration to send teams; let’s ignite a fire in one of our world's great cities.

If we see change in Kolkata it will have an impact beyond India to surrounding nations, particularly Bangladesh. The University of the Nations diversity is key to this effort, as well as the great treasure of anointing of YWAM ministries worldwide.

I hope you can bring a team to Kolkata starting April 2014.

Bless you in all your local efforts. These are exciting days.

Shirley Brownhill
Megacities Director
YWAM Perth

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fundraising Workshop in Holland



Feeling a bit stretched in your monthly support? 

Wishing you could take a week and really focus on making a plan to increase it?

Base leaders:  would you like to have a trainer at your base to train and coach your staff?

Send someone to the Fundraising Workshop (with an extra day for trainers) – November 18-22 at Heidebeek base in Holland. 

For details and to apply:  http://bit.ly/KAJAs9

Hope to see you here,
Terry Sherman