EBWU Consultation in Crikvenica October 30 to November 02, 2014
In 2014, thirty-three European women from eighteen countries in Europe and the Middle East came together in the town of Crikvenica, Croatia for a three day Consultation Meeting to reassess the role of the European Baptist Women’s Union and determine the future work of the European Baptist women.
In August 1948 during the BWA Executive Meeting in London, England, several European women came together to discuss the possibility of a European fellowship of Baptist women. A proposal was made: ‘that a European Baptist Women’s Union be formed for the purpose of stimulating closer fellowship, greater co-operation, deeper sympathy for and understanding of mutual problems’. In no time a constitution was drawn up and agreed.
We Reflect on the first statement the women made in 1948 in London: “Facing the world…today, with its desperate need of faith, of hope and of love, we turn to our Heavenly Father for purification, for guidance and for strength. He has great blessings in store for us, which he is longing to give to us, but which can only given to us in answer to our prayers…..Let us, as European Baptist women, dedicate the first week in November as a week of prayer when we unitedly pray for each other and for all the world. Never is the fellowship deeper, richer and stronger than when we as one heart and soul are praying together.”
We Affirm the value of women, encouraging us to discover who we are in Christ, and dedicating ourselves to His purposes, according to the Scriptures:
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:26-28.
We Accept the challenges of a suffering world and how we deal with that as daughters of the living God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We Commit ourselves to pray for the determination and fulfilment of our calling as women individually and corporately in Europe and in the Middle East.