On a Sunday morning in June, 25 new Christian believers were baptized in a nearby river in Turkey’s Black Sea region. In addition to seven Turkish believers, refugees from Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan were among those baptized.
Revd Dr Stuart Blythe, Rector of IBTSC Amsterdam will be leaving IBTSC to take up a new position as Associate Professor in the John Gladstone Chair of Preaching and Worship at Acadia Divinity College.
The Baptist Union of Wales celebrated its 150th anniversary. The celebration was held over two days in glorious sunshine with in excess of 400 people present representing a wide range of churches some of whom worship in Welsh and others in English.
Bangkok (BWA) -- American Elijah Brown, originally from the state of Texas, is being nominated to be the next general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). Neville Callam, a Jamaican, retires from that position in December after more than 10 years of service.
Approximately 300 Baptist leaders, pastors, theologians, seminary presidents, professors and interested Baptists from almost 50 countries are traveling to Bangkok, Thailand, for worship, fellowship, study and decision meetings.
While the Middle East region is going through disorienting times, Lebanon is experiencing new steps forward. An encouraging sense of hope was clearly evident in the meetings that a delegation from the European Baptist Federation, led by its General Secretary, the Revd Anthony Peck, and the Middle East Representative on the Federation’s Executive Committee, Dr. Nabil Costa, had with Lebanese officials last week.
The EBF Commission for Freedom and Justice met from 6-9 June in Sofia, Bulgaria. Following is a reflection by one of the commission members, Shane McNary. Shane and his wife Dianne are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Field Personnel in Europe, aiming to come alongside of local ministries to encourage, offer expertise, and support our efforts.
This past May saw the semi-annual joint conference of the Acadia/EBF Youth Leaders Institute held in the beautiful Moravian mountains of Malenovice in the Czech Republic. The conference was led by Dr Jeff Carter, the EBF Youth Leadership Coordinator.
On June 1, Pavel Unguryan, a Baptist member of the Ukrainian Parliament and the coordinator of Ukrainian National Prayer Breakfast hosted in conjunction with the parliamentarian prayer group the Sixth Ukrainian National Prayer Breakfast in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. Many messages at this year's meeting discussed the role of young people in developing Ukraine as a country founded on the Rock.
Around five hundred French Baptists gathered in Mulhouse in eastern France last week for the annual French Baptist Congress (25-27 May). The event featured three days of worship, challenge and encouragement from leaders and churches across the Federation.