Networks at HOPE 2022

Arts+

network coordinator

Dr Jill Ford, Strategic Global Arts Networker

community group programme

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: Networking with local Artists in Sarajevo, Arts Plus only

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Networking with local Artists in Sarajevo,  Arts Plus only

Friday, 7 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: Development of Arts Plus Round Tables, Guests welcome

Friday, 7 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Analysis of Arts Plus Round Tables, Guests welcome

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 4 (Friday, 7 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship & Word” session,  – Builder Groups III – Focus: Advocacy,  – 

Stories of Hope

soon

Prayer Requests

  1. Give thanks for our newly formed Bulgarian Round Table Sept 2022. Pray for wisdom and strength for the arts leaders there as they establish this network and build positive relationships with church leaders.

  2. Pray for the new season we have entered and the expansion of Arts Plus across Europe. For God to lead and guide our leadership team as we seek to establish more Round Tables and encourage arts leaders to connect and collaborate for the kingdom.

  3. Pray for wisdom and clarity as we encourage and resource our wider network in the 4 areas of church, education, society and artists. Pray we stay attuned to the needs and encourage best practices for working together and building relationships.

  4. Pray that God would provide ongoing resources for the Arts Plus network and gatherings. In particular new emerging arts leaders to join us.

Cities

network coordinator

Rainer Schacke and Bastian Hagenlocher, EEA HfE Cities Network Chairs

community group programme

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: Introduction: Collaborating for Shalom in our Cities/Developing a Missional City Vision (Rainer Schacke, Bastian Hagenlocher)

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Missional City Research / Developing a Missional Strategy for Collaborative Action in a City (Piet Brinksma)

Friday, 7 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: Intercultural work in the city (Robert Calvert)

Friday, 7 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Church renewal/church planting with a wider city vision (Greg Fauss, Rainer Schacke, Stephan Pues via Zoom?)

Saturday, 8 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: Final meeting, next steps, prayer (if too many have already left by Saturday, we should integrate these topics on Friday morning and/or hold a city network zoom call afterwards instead) (Rainer Schacke)

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 3 (Thursday, 6 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship & Word” session,  – Builder Groups II – Focus: Good Deeds,  – 

Stories of Hope

Prayer Requests

Let us pray for

  • God’s mercy for Europe’s cities and openness to the Gospel

  • Christian city networks: Christians from all cultures and denominations working together for God’s shalom

  • Planting and renewing of Christian congregations with a healthy kingdom perspective for the city

  • Culture and society: wisdom regarding the burning issues of our time for Christian leaders/all Christians

  • The public perception of Christians as hope-givers in civil society

Creation Care

network coordinator

Matthias Boehning, Co-Director World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 4 (Friday, 7 October)
HOPE Talk in “Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups III – Focus: Advocacy,  – 

White Paper

soon

Stories of Hope

soon

EEA HfE Network subpage (soon)

Disability

network coordinator

Therese Swinters, EDN Facilitator

community group programme

(Wednesday only!)

An opportunity to get to know what God is doing in Europe in disability ministries. And a time to grow together as a network and planning for the next years to come.

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 3 (Thursday, 6 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship & Word” session,  – Builder Groups II – Focus: Good Deeds,  – 

Stories of Hope

Prayer Requests

Let us pray

  • for Ukrainians with disabilities, especially during winter, in poor home conditions

  • for ways to reach people with disabilities with the gospel

  • to see people with disabilities being full and active part in our churches

  • for church leaders: that they might be aware of the different needs caused by disability

European Educators’ Christian Association

network coordinator

Graham Coyle, Chairman of the European Educators Christian Association

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 4 (Friday, 7 October)
HOPE Talk in “Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups III – Focus: Advocacy,  – 

Stories of Hope

Story of Hope #2: A member of the European Educators’ Christian Association (EurECA) tells of an incident in which God brought hope to parents and changed a local authority’s policy:

“We have many requests from parents to admit children in our school. They apply two years early to be sure they will get places, there are 50 places each year. A few years ago, 85 parents applied for the 50 approved places in the first grade. I went to the local inspectorate and asked for 35 more. This seemed impossible, in other schools the number of children was decreasing, many teachers were left without a job. I decided to go and talk with the chief inspector. I was a bit nervous, but I trusted my Lord. I started by telling him about the parents’ meeting and I told him 85 parents had come, therefore 35 of them would be disappointed. He interrupted me (I thought he was about to show me out): ‘I know about your work in your Christian school. I have had positive feedback from people who are not religious at all. I know what you are about to ask me, and you have my approval to have another class of 28 students’. I understood once more that only being in God’s presence and bringing to His throne of grace your concerns you can get the peace you need in difficult situations.”

 

Story of Hope #7: A member of the European Educators’ Christian Association (EurECA) shares the story of a healed foot:

“I took a group of about 16 teenagers to our partner school in Sofia, Bulgaria, some were Christians, some were not. One of the boys was fooling around and ended up breaking a bone in his foot. We sent him to hospital where they bandaged and put a temporary half-cast on his foot, as he had to fly home in a couple of days. I was very dissatisfied, I believed God could bring change into the situation. I encouraged the group to pray. There was some skepticism, but most joined in; nothing happened. We prayed again, but still no change. Despite what appeared to be a setback to the group’s faith I wanted to persevere. Over the next few days we prayed several times, still no change. Finally, we were in the middle of sorting out a relational situation with some of the kids when I encouraged them to talk and resolve their issues. One of the boys, not a Christian, began praying with his friend with the broken foot. Others joined in and after a few minutes of praying, the bone was completely healed. We removed the plaster and off he went to play basketball with his friends.”

Prayer Requests

Let us pray

  • for all Christians in education across Europe to have increased intimacy with the Lord and increased courage for their situations

  • for more churches to realize the strategic influence of education for their families and their nations

  • for every child in Europe to have a Christian teacher for at least a year of their education

European Freedom Network

network coordinator

Leanne Rhodes, EFN Core Team

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 4 (Friday, 7 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship & Word” session,  – Builder Groups III – Focus: Advocacy,  – 

Stories of Hope

Prayer Requests

Let us pray

  • for those who are currently trapped in situations of exploitation across our continent, and for God to move our hearts and direct our hands to help

  • for EFN’s work to prevent trafficking and exploitation among Ukrainians, as we seek to build trust and collaboration among church partners

  • that God will lead us as we identify Ukrainian and Russian experts and resources for trauma care

  • for our conference next week with European partners and NGOs – People are exhausted; we want them to leave feeling connected to each other and inspired to lean, again, into God’s good purposes for freedom

  • for skilled and willing leaders, and for our ability to identify those that God is calling as we continue to build this work across Europe

Evangelism in a New Age

network coordinator

Revd Steve Hollinghurst, Research, Training & Consultancy – Evangelism, Contemporary Culture and New Christian Communities

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 2 (Wednesday, 5 October)
HOPE Talk in “Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups I – Focus: Proclamation,  – 

White Paper

soon

Stories of Hope

soon

Financial Discipleship & Generosity

network coordinator

Bert den Hertog, CEO of Compass Europe

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 2 (Wednesday, 5 October)
HOPE Talk in “Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups I – Focus: Proclamation,  – 

Stories of Hope

soon

Ministries to Muslims in Europe

network coordinator

Dr. Bert de Ruiter, Consultant on Christian-Muslim Relations in Europe

community group programme

Wednesday, 5 October (9:45-12:30): Theology of Evangelistic Proclamation – (Chawkat Moucarry)

Friday October 7: (9:45-12:30 ) Theology of Martyrdom – (Amir Bazmjou)

Saturday October 8: (9:45-10:45)  How to apply the lessons we’ve learned

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 2 (Wednesday, 5 October)
HOPE Talk in “Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups I – Focus: Proclamation,  – Topic: “The challenge of next generation in the immigrant churches”

Stories of Hope

Story of Hope #12: A member of the Network of Ministries to Muslims in Europe talks about the response of churches in Britain to the recent wave of Afghan refugees coming into the country:

The crisis that exploded in Afghanistan in August 2021 has given many churches in the UK the opportunity to show Christian’s love to thousands of Afghan families. The consequences for Afghanistan and the world could be immense. In my church, about 60% of the congregation are involved, in one way or another, in organising educational, training, sports and social events every day of the week for 300+ men, women and children. Our church has grown hugely in its understanding of the world, in its love for the foreigner, its acceptance and love for Muslims, its understanding of service and its appreciation of how God provides and answers prayer. Many other churches have similarly been impacted. The Afghans are so grateful and full of praise for Christians and the church.  Some of the them have questioned why the mosque is not so involved. We have many spiritual conversations and believe so much of what we are sowing will be reaped in the years to come.

Prayer Requests

We

  • thank God for many Muslims coming to faith in Christ in Europe

  • pray for their spiritual growth and that through their witness friends and family members will also come to faith

  • pray that every Muslim in Europe will have at least one Christian friend who is willing and able to share his/her life with them and in this context also the Gospel of Jesus Christ

  • pray for the children of believers of Muslim background, that they will be drawn to Christ, despite the enormous pressure of secular Europeans around them

  • pray for Churches, organizations and ministries that are seeking to reach out to Muslims with the Good News of Jesus Christ

  • pray for more availability of solid theological training for Christian leaders of Muslim background

Moms in Prayer

network coordinator

Kathrin Larsen, Director of Moms in Prayer International in Europe & Israel

community group programme

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: Prayer walk in Sarajevo to nearest school

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Networking with local moms/grandmothers/ spiritual mothers

Friday, 7 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: Sharing 4 steps and prayer for the children and schools, Guests welcome

Friday, 7 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Prayer for the children and schools of Sarajevo and the Balkan countries with a Psalm and the Nehemiah booklet. Guests welcome

Saturday, 8 October 2022, 09:45-10:45: What is Moms in Prayer International? Discover the power of Prayer around the world through praying mothers… Guests are welcome

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 3 (Thursday, 6 October)
HOPE Talk in Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups II – Focus: Good Deeds,  – 

Stories of Hope

Prayer Requests

with Psalm 121

May the mothers of the South East Region, especially Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey lift up their eyes to the mountains and start to pray together in prayer groups for the children and schools– where does their help come from?

2 May they see, that their help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let their foot slip – he who watches over the schools will not slumber; we pray for a prayer group for every school to pray for spiritual walls around every school.

4 He who watches over Israel and all the mothers, children, teachers and schools of the South East Region of Europe will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 We agree, the Lord watches over you all in these countries – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

7 We bless the whole South East of Europe; the Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; that every child has the possibility to know you Jesus.

8 The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore. Amen

(Holy Bible, New International Version)

EEA HfE Network subpage (soon)

Peace and Reconciliation

network coordinator

Bryan Carey, Eberhard Jung, Phil Wagler, Tom Sommer

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 3 (Thursday, 6 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship & Word” session,  – Builder Groups II – Focus: Good Deeds,  – 

Stories of Hope

soon

Prayer

network coordinator

Peter Artman, Robbert Jan Perk

community group programme

We will take time to get to know each other as network participants. We will tell each other stories about what we have learned the last years in the prayer movements and how we understand our calling to serve HOPE 2022.  And we will discuss how we want to function as the EEA Prayer Network in the coming years.

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 2 (Wednesday, 5 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship and Word” session,  – Builder Groups I – Focus: Proclamation,  – 

Stories of Hope

soon

Prayer Requests

Let us pray

  • for Ukraine and the Russian war

  • for the growing number of messianic congregations and the Jews in Europe

  • that we can have more intercessors from the younger generations participating in our network

  • that we grow in maturity and discernment how we can pray for European Nations and Churches in the times of war and turmoil

Reaching Europe’s Children

network coordinator

Harry Bryans, Children’s Ministry Network Convenor

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 2 (Wednesday, 5 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship and Word” session,  – Builder Groups I – Focus: Proclamation,  – 

Stories of Hope

Refugee Highway Partnership

network coordinator

Matthew S. Paschall, Strategic Partnerships United World Mission

community group programme

soon

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 3 (Thursday, 6 October)
HOPE Talk in Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups II – Focus: Good Deeds,  – 

White Paper

soon

Stories of Hope

soon

EEA HfE Network subpage (soon)

Roma

network coordinator

Nina Jankucić

community group programme

facilitated by Nina Jankucić, Roma Networks

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: interactive time – What do you see in communities, churches around you

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: interactive time – what are needs that you see around you

Friday, 7 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: interactive time – what can you offer to others

Saturday, 8 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: 4th European Roma Networks conference 2023 – starting to work on the program

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 3 (Thursday, 6 October)
HOPE Talk in Prayer for Europe” session,  – Builder Groups II – Focus: Good Deeds,  – 

Stories of Hope

Story of Hope #10: We read the story of Aleksandar Subotin, member of the EEA Hope For Europe Roma Networks, about his experience of coupling church and business to support less affluent people.

Aleksandar Subotin is a pastor and church planter in northern Serbia. He and his church run church planting programs in 10 villages within a 50km radius of their area. Aleksandar also runs a flower and produce business. The vision behind his business is the desire for his church to become self-supporting. In 2016, Aleksandar started to build greenhouses to grow tomatoes, paprika, and cucumbers. He says: “In the beginning it went up and down. Then one lady came and helped us. She’d been in the flower-growing business for 20 years. She taught us some skills, so we began growing flowers, too.” Now the business has grown. This year they have planted 7,000 flower plants, 1,000 tomato plants, and 1,500 paprika plants. People from the community have become regular customers. Part of the profit from the business goes to funding a project of providing 700 meals per week for those in need. “People know that if they buy from us, part of the money will go to the poor,” Aleksandar says. “I believe that as Roma, even if we are poor, even if we are not well-educated, we have enough wisdom from the Lord to go to work and earn money, not begging money from people. The mentality ‘give me, give me, give me!’ is not a biblical way. By having a business, you become self-supporting, you can be generous and you give people work.” Aleksandar’s business now employs 12 people, half are his family members and the other half are people from the community. As for the meals project, last year they had 30% funding from sponsors while 70% was self-funded. Aleksandar is optimistic: “I believe next year, we will be 100% self-supporting for this project.”

Story of Hope #16: We get to know the Roma Bible School: In 2014, at the first Roma Networks conference, Roma leaders from former Yugoslavia expressed an important need in their regional meeting: the lack of theological training which would not only take into account the Roma context but would also be available to all education levels. It was not until the third Roma conference in 2019, however, that leaders took a next step by appointing Saša Bakić to facilitate a research process regarding the potential school. Bakić, having earned a BA in theology, was passionate about theological education and invited two others to be part of the board. The COVID lockdowns allowed the time for this research process and the board began interviewing mission and theological educators before developing a business plan and curriculum. The mission of the Roma Bible School (RBU) is to educate, empower and equip the Roma to be able to make life-long disciples of Jesus in their communities. As it was intended to be a school by the Roma and for the Roma, the board invited Roma pastors to be part of the teaching team and the school’s pilot program launched in March 2022. Currently, the sixteen students meet one weekend a month in various locations in order to experience different contexts. This ongoing story is truly a testimony of God’s amazing grace, and His provision and wisdom have come through both the local and the global church. We hope and pray for the fruits of this school to be seen in many communities throughout Southeastern Europe.

Prayer Requests

Let us pray for

  • the Roma Bible traveling school – that the Lord is raising new leaders according to His heart

  • the job creation project – that the Lord is surrounding us with all necessary things needed to see change in Roma communities through starting small business

  • the country representatives’ meetings in November 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia – 70 people from some 30 countries are coming, may the Lord give us the same vision, heart and mind

EEA HfE Network subpage (soon)

Singles, Couples, and Family

network coordinator

Paul Marsh, Family Resource Centre / Family Ministries international committee

community group programme

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: The Singles, Couples and Family network team meet – guests are welcome

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Current trends in marriage and celibacy; Have we failed with Gen XYZ?

Friday, 7 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: 40 days to build intimacy: sexuality and church; Why do Christian marriages fail? (2 groups)

Friday, 7 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: Communication and resource sharing across Europe

Saturday, 8 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45, Why would a young person get married today?

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 2 (Wednesday, 5 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship and Word” session,  – Builder Groups I – Focus: Proclamation,  – 

Stories of Hope

Story of Hope #5:

Paul Marsh, the coordinator of the Singles, Couples, and Family Network shares a memory from his work with couples: “No one would have given them any hope at all. Bernard and Paula came to my office in separate cars. A few years of marriage and two small children had descended into a pit of criticism, alcohol, abuse, and a rapidly failing small business. He was the baker, she was the shopkeeper. This was not going well. We met briefly a year earlier as they struggled to cope with a new baby and a communication issue. Now it was worse. Amazingly, neither of them wanted their marriage to fail. They just didn’t know how to make it work. We began weekly sessions, providing practical steps to recovery. Against all odds, they accepted the challenge and made costly adjustments. It didn’t look like love. Yet that’s what it was. Choosing to believe for the best, trusting the other, acting carefully and intentionally, they climbed an almost impossible wall of despair. Today their family is still together. The past has damaged them, but they have learnt to cope with their disability. They now avoid destructive conflicts, and know how to make truly generous responses that calm the storms. When two people set their minds to make their relationship work, nothing will stop them succeeding.”

 

Story of Hope #14: Richard Kane, Founder and Executive Director of Marriage Week International and member of the EEA Hope for Europe Singles, Couples, and Family Network, encourages us to reflect on whether and how our faith can make us resilient in times of uncertainty:

‘Click on this link to rebook your flight’. Oh NO. My flights just evaporated before my eyes. Of course, I can rebook, but these daily experiences of instability tell us that the fixed points in life are no longer quite as fixed as we expect. Can our faith make us resilient in times of uncertainty? I sat yesterday with a dear friend, whose wife died last year. Having mourned and grieved deeply all this time, he has now cultivated new hope, even remembering how to do his mischievous grin. The difficulty is with those around him, who want him to continue in sadness, like a blunt knife – he’s supposed to live a dull life to somehow honor his late spouse! I encouraged him, as I encourage you, to grieve deeply over loss, especially significant loss, but then to rise up in new hope, placing our confidence in God and stepping forward wearing an infectious smile. Social disruption, even wars, will come and go. Those dear to us will at some point slip away, but the fixed points of Jesus at work in our lives will make us resilient in our weakness – just like, well just like Jesus.

Prayer Requests

Let us pray that

  • Families will be true image bearers of God, showing his love to those around them

  • Couples who struggle in their marriage will experience that there is hope

  • Children growing up will know they are created in God’s image and that they can have their identity in him

  • Churches will contribute in their localities and nations to strengthen marriage and family

  • Church leaders find the resources they need for their own marriage and family to prosper

  • Culturally appropriate training for couples and families would be available across Europe

  • that the Church will understand that marriage and family are a key element of God’s strategy to advance His Kingdom on earth

  • that the Church will disciple families in this truth

Women in Leadership

network coordinator

Elke Werner, Women in Leadership Network Chair
Hannelore Illgen, Co-Chair

community group programme

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: “Women and men partnering for God’s work“, with the European Women in Leadership Team, open to all participants

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 11:30 – 12:30: “Hierarchy in the Kingdom?“ with Dr. Ksenija Magda (Croatia), open to all participants

Friday, 7 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: “What Jesus taught about women“ with the European Women in Leadership Team, open to all participants

Saturday, 8 October 2022, 09:45 – 10:45: “Involvement of women in the National Evangelical Alliances of Europe“ with the European Women in Leadership Team, open to all participants

Featured during HOPE

HOPE 2022 day 4 (Friday, 7 October)
HOPE Talk in “Worship & Word” session,  – Builder Groups III – Focus: Advocacy,  – 

Stories of Hope

soon

Prayer Requests

  1. Let us pray that

– the women and girls, who have been hurt in their church, will be recognized and receive appreciation, because they are loved, valued and equipped by God with gifts, like men and boys.

– women and girls are recognized as partners in the Kingdom, welcome and valued with all their God-given gifts and callings.

– our communities and leadership structures are encouraging and freeing women and girls to contribute and serve in the Church of Jesus Christ.

  1. Let us pray that

– the Church is attentive to the voices of women in its communities, including experiences, perspectives, joys and sufferings.

– violence in all its forms towards women and girls is acknowledged and treated emphatically, not only outside the Church, but also inside. Abuse within the church has often not been identified and/or neglected.

– there will be a positive dialogue and repenting of mistakes and pain, which the Church has sometimes caused concerning women and girls and that reconciliation will be sought, which will bring empowerment in Christ and what will make the Church a safe place for women, girls, men and boys.

  1. Let us pray that

–  the spiritual gifts of all women and girls are seen as resources, which God has given for the full health and strength of the whole Church in every sector of its ministry and in society.

– all churches commit to collaboration between women and men in all areas of the Church ministry.

– women and girls can take up leadership positions in the Church and wider society, including training and development.

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