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Editor: Aniko Ujvari
Editorial office: Budapest, Jozsef u. 12. 3/1 1084 Hungary
Biannual newsletter of the European Baptist Women's Union

December 2007 issue
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Meet Baptist Women at 69° North in Norway

During the years the two of us have done much travelling in Norway as well as abroad. We have taken part in many Baptist Women's conferences both in Europe and in the USA

Meeting Baptist Women from many countries has enriched our lives, renewed our spirit and given us friends for life!


Liv Rise and Gjertrud Knutsen

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At the same time we feel the challenge to share our singing and our testimony here in Norway. We cannot say "No" when asked to take part in meetings and arrangements – as long as we have the health and strength.

We want to tell you a little about the most Northern Baptist Women in the world! At about 69° North there is a fishing center right at the sea, called Bo in Vesteralen. There is a small Baptist Church, now 90 years old. A women's group had started even before the church, and is still meeting regularly. Several years now this group has paid our journey from Bergen to stay in Bo for several weeks, giving Bible studies, singing and preaching at meetings, and also visiting all the senior groups, "Day centers" and old people's homes in the community.

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The journey from Bergen by plane, bus and privete car takes nearly a day, including waiting hours in between. While installed in Bo we are taken by car to the different arrangements. The distances are long, but the women never complain about the many miles they have to drive. And they never complain about the preparing of food for many different occasions. The three weeks' stay in Bo meant about 15 different possibilities of contact with the people, and we really felt "on wave" with them. 

Also we had the opportunity of taking part in the Baptist Women's Conference for the whole Northern part of Norway. About 40 women from many places up North were gathered for four days in a special Baptist Conference Center called "Rivermont ". The Baptist pastor Anne Marie Soderquist had Bible studies on the theme "Woman, what have you got in your house?" (1King 17) 

And we talked and prayed together. Many of the women come from very small communities, and this yearly conference gives new inspiration and makes them feel a fellowship that gives strength.

Back in Bergen we carry these women up North with us in our thoughts and prayers. And we want to remind you that in our European fellowship they too are an important group even if they seem to be far away, and even if they are not so impressive, neither in number nor in influence. They are brave women standing up for the Gospel! 

So take them with you in your thoughts, and pray that they may get inspiration and wisdom in bringing the word of God to their fellow beings. 

Liv RiseLiv Rise and Gjertrud Knutsen


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