News and Views
Editors: Margaret Brown
and Wies Dikstra

Biannual newsletter of the European Baptist Women's Union
Winter Edition 2010-2011
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Editorial

Firstly, please permit us to wish all of you a very "Happy New Year!" Even though we are well into 2011 it is still not too late to ask God‘s blessing on all our readers. I trust you all experienced a measure of peace and bless-ing as you celebrated again the birth of our dear Lord Jesus. I trust you all experienced a measure of peace and blessing as you celebrat-ed again the birth of our dear Lord Jesus.

Margaret Brown

Secondly, we wish to inform our readers that the winter edition will now be available in Jan-uary and not December as previously and the summer edition will be available in July.

One of the highlights for us this past year was to visit Hawaii in the summer as we attended the BWAWD Women‘s Leadership Conference in Honolulu. That was a truly wonderful experience and we are still enjoying its blessings. To be with sisters (and brothers) from all around the world was a foretaste of heaven.

Another highlight was our EBWU Leadership Conference in Budapest, Hungary in November. That too, was a time of much blessing and changed lives as God moved and ministered to us all through each other.

Our theme for the next five years is "In Step with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25). I like the verses which refer to Enoch, "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, be-cause God took him away." (Genesis 5:24); "By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God." (Hebrews 11:5). Imagine just walking home with God! Enoch did not die as we do but God took him away home, so indicating that death is not the end; each be-liever has the promise of eternal life. In Enoch‘s day people lived for hundreds of years and were still active and fit, but these verses from Genesis and Hebrews prove that long life is not the greatest blessing we can experience. To be taken up into God‘s presence is greater and much better. It is an undeserved privilege to walk with God, but we must be careful to maintain that walk as far as it depends on us. Once we begin the journey of walking with Him we are encouraged to keep "in step with the Spirit (of God)", and He enables us to do this. Wouldn‘t it be wonderful to walk home with God?

The return of Jesus is drawing ever more imminent. The signs of the times bear wit-ness to it. It‘s imperative that we prepare others for His coming and are ready our-selves. As we continue to serve the Lord let us endeavour to walk "in step with the Spirit‟ just as some of the women you will read about in this copy of News and Views are doing and have done. There are those whom God has taken home to be with Him. There are those who are working hard for Him, some under difficult cir-cumstances, yet all have the privilege of walking with the Lord, keeping in step with the Spirit, all bringing glory to Jesus.

Margaret Brown

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers" Galatians 6:9.
 
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