Dear Sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ,
"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:2-6
Let me greet you on behalf of the European Baptist Women's Union as the Baptist women come together all around the world to celebrate the Day of Prayer, which is a unique opportunity to express our unity in Christ all around the world. What a privilege to be part of a chain which circles around the globe from the sunrise till the sunset in every continent, like a colorful ribbon binding us together in faith, in commitment and covenant.
The words of Paul are deeply in my heart as I remember you, who are all around Europe testifying to the grace of our Father, who sent His only begotten Son to save us from the chains of sin. Yes, the Baptist women are very committed and ready to step ahead in their faith, in their hope to give away the love, the peace, the goodness of God, what we experience in our daily life.
We are facing challenging years in Europe. We need to find the answer for very deep and hard questions like fear, instability, poverty, migration, lack of spirituality, role of women in the society and the church life, gap between generations, misunderstanding in spite of the sophisticated communication skills. A few days ago I heard a very thoughtful phrase, I quote it freely, What is the longest distance for a human? 21 cm - which is the distance between the brain and the heart.
As you will come together for prayers, please, take a step forward, open the windows in your heart and remember the women all around the world. At this time firstly remember the women from a very far distance, from continents which may sound exotic to us, but the women's daily life is not a touristic paradise there, but very hard work and they have deep needs not just spiritually, but physically, too. And remember continents, where in you imagination you dream to live. Even there the women are faced with needs maybe differently to what we do here, in Europe, but the enemy of our soul is going all around the world and trying to get anybody who takes her glance down from the cross.
Members of the EBWU committee pray for you, we all join to your prayers and wish you to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit as He is among us, to strengthen us to be wise and strong in our commitment and help us to persevere in following Jesus Christ who is the truth, the path and the life.
With love in Christ,
Albertirsa, Hungary, October 24, 2016