europe: January 31, 2017

Holiday Centres Reopening in the UK

We are in a very exciting stage at Christian Endeavour Holiday Centres. Our Board of Trustees decided that Beechwood Court, which has been part of the organisation for over 95 years, will re-open in April 2017. The Pleasaunce, another Centre will re-open later in the year. Beechwood Court is located in Conwy, North Wales and the Pleasaunce is in North Norfolk.

For many years the Centres were run with the help from Christian volunteers from around the world and we want to bring this idea back. We would like to connect with the WCEU in finding christians who are interested in experiencing new cultures, learning English and developing their faith. The Holiday Centres are used by churches, families, individuals etc. as a place to holiday or meet in a Christian environment. These holidays would have organised activities by leaders who would organise fun and games, excursions and praise and worship. The volunteers we have would be offered accommodation on site, their food and an allowance so they can purchase their essential items. They would be part of the community on site volunteering in the kitchen, grounds and maintenance, house keeping or even as part of the office team.

Our documents for ‘expression of interest’ in volunteering should be going on our website soon.

January 31, 2017, 10:32 h by by Jonathan Roberts, Volunteer support, Team Chris.

europe: January 31, 2017

Summary of year 2016 at Krisz, Ukraine

  • 44 events were organized in 18 Krisz centers, 3 in Bereg KRISZ suborganization, 3 in Botika KRISZ suborgaznization, 6 in Mérce KRISZ suborganisation, 3 in TiBorKA KRISZ suborganisation and 11 in Tóhát Suborganisation
  • 5300 youth participated on the 44 events
  • 58 communities participated in the Prayer Week in the beginning of the year
  • 1 council meeting, 5 caucus meetings, 38 prayer groups and other kind of meetings took place in the suborganization
  • Márk Zányik is responsable for the German and English communication since February a new suborganization was founded called Bereg, which includes villages and surroundings of this area

January 31, 2017, 10:27 h by Márk Zányik, International Relations, KRISZ.

europe: January 31, 2017

A group from Frankfurt joined the German CE Union

At the autumn general meeting of the GYFCE among six others a peculiar CE society was accepted into the German CE as well. A church in Frankfurt – one of the multi-ethnic centers in Germany – whose members are Bulgaro-Turks, approached WCEU trustee Daniel Hoffmann in his capacity as Exec. Director of one of the CE State Unions, whether their youth group could become a member of the German CE Union. Daniel visited the group and explained the basic ideas of CE, pledge, principles etc. They happily agreed with all the regulations and all wanted to take the CE-pledge then and there and become a CE member. This is amazing, because the young Germans are quite reluctant to bind themselves with the pledge. It needs a lot of explanation and encouragement until they sign the pledge and take up the responsibilities connected with it.

January 31, 2017, 10:26 h by Reported by Andreas A. Rudolph.

europe: November 16, 2016

ConnECt Europe, 14 – 18 June 2017

The J-Camp Team finished the flyer for ConnECt Europe 2017. Our regional (European) conference will be held in Neukirchen/Knüll, Germany, in between Frankfurt, Kassel and Marburg. Our special guest is the new World’s Christian Endeavour General Secretary, Dave Coryell, who wants to meet as many European CE leaders and endeavourers as possible. So, don’t hesitate to come and join us! Registration opens early 2017! Please send this flyer to your societies and other endeavourers in your country.

November 16, 2016, 13:51 h by Anna Visky.

europe: June 07, 2016

Meeting the Chanitzagans

Between February 27 - March 2, 2016, my wife and myself had the opportunity to meet the Chanitzagans – the Lebanese Endeavorers. Beyond personal, fraternal – and why not – presidential curiosity, the motive of this visit was to tighten relationship of World’s CE Union to CE in Lebanon. Meeting face to face – not only through Facebook – is a proper way to serve this purpose. We enjoyed the hospitality of the family of Rev. Raffi Messerlian and his wife, Kayane. CE in Lebanon is the youth work of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE). CE groups exist in the four congregations of AEC from Beirut and the one in Anjar.

Meeting with Pastor Sevag Trashian

On February 27, Saturday evening, around 25 Endeavorers of the four churches from Beirut met at the First AEC for prayer, along with four pastors from Armenia. This meeting was part of the 135th CE-Birthday celebrations. CE in Lebanon partnered in prayer with CE Hawaii. Christ’s promise, that our triple effort in prayer – asking, seeking and knocking (Mt 7:7) – will not remain unanswered, encouraged us in bringing our requests and our thanksgiving to the Throne of Grace. The February 28 Sunday service in the Burj Hammoud district of Beirut was a special one: an account was given about youth work. Lively songs, reports and the testimony of a teenager about how his faith was kindled and his life changed in the summer camp, made this event unforgettable. On Sunday afternoon we attended the fundraising banquet of CE in Lebanon. The cca. 200 participants – old and young –, who came from all over the country, were offered a nice meal, a cultural program, an opportunity to meet each other and also to donate in order to support the summer camps organized by CE Lebanon. Datev Basmajian, youth pastor of CE in Lebanon, toured us next day through the offices of the UAECNE, then through the KCHAG, the summer campsite of the CE in Lebanon. By God’s grace, the premises of the latter, which for more than a decade of civil war were occupied and severely damaged by military, could be claimed back. Except of some buildings, which still bear the marks of that sad period, the other ones were nicely renovated, and now serve for the advancing of God’s kingdom among young people. CE in Lebanon serves so far uninterruptedly by wars and enjoys freedom to serve together with the Church of which it is part. This movement gives faithful servants for church, education and other facets of the Lebanese society. Thanks to the hospitality of our Lebanese Armenian brothers and sisters, we’ve been taken to heights (mountain tops) and depths (Jeita Grotto), to land and see, to memorials of sad historical events (the Armenian Genocide) and sites which display God’s enjoyable work in the present (schools, social institutions) in a remarkable way. Chanitzagans showed an interest in tightening their relationship to the WCEU and to other national unions. Will they be interested in taking CE to the evangelical churches in Armenia also? Will CE in Syria survive the present situation? Questions to pray for, to think about, to work on. Let’s do so.

Armenian cross

June 07, 2016, 08:43 h by Kálmán Adorján, WCEU President.