Reflections on Baptist identity were offered on each day of the 2016 annual council of the European Baptist Federation.
Baptists in Europe and the Middle East involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an 'incredible spiritual harvest' – but alongside there is a sense of anger, of being overwhelmed at its scale, and warnings about the growing pressure in places affected by the blockage of refugee routes, such as Italy, Greece and Turkey.
Around 10,000 people have become members of 200 new Baptist church plants in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East since 2002.
The three resolutions agreed by the Council of the European Baptist Federation (EBF) were directly or indirectly related to conflicts in the region, notably Syria.
God is calling us in four main areas, said General Secretary Tony Peck as he reflected on the EBF's identity when presenting his annual report in Tallinn.
Representatives of more than 40 members unions gathered for the annual Council of the European Baptist Federation in the Estonian capital Tallinn (28 September - 1 October): links to stories from the gathering.
In September, when many churches celebrate harvest, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland focus on care for creation. They call the period from 1st September to 4th October 'Creation Time'.
Sándor Szenczy, president of Hungarian Baptist Aid was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of Hungary on the occasion of the Saint Stephen's Day National Holiday on 18th of August, 2016.
European Baptist Leaders including the EBF President, Asatur Nahapetyan, Vice-President Jenni Entrican, and General Secretary Tony Peck, together with Baptist World Alliance President Paul Msiza and Ukrainian Baptist leaders, met with Ukrainian State President Petro Poroshenko last week.
Croatian Baptist Aid volunteers: It is true though, that there are also very good and beautiful days for volunteering, but today was one of the bad ones.