THIS August, more than 500 young Salvationists – aged from 15-25 – will gather for a European Youth Event near Cologne, in Germany. Back in 1989 Cologne hosted the first European Youth Congress, which was attended by more than 400 delegates from 13 countries. Twenty-five years later the delegates who gather at the Christian sports and conference centre will represent 24 countries – a sign of the expansion of The Salvation Army in Europe over the past quarter of a century.
The event, known as EYE2014, has the theme ‘Vision and Action’. General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox (World President of Women's Ministries) will take part in the main celebration meetings, including an ‘Ask the International Leaders’ spot when they will respond to questions posed by some of the delegates. The meetings will also include musical contributions by a choir from Sweden, a contemporary worship group from Germany, a brass group from The Netherlands and a gospel choir made up of delegates from the various countries.
During the four-day event there will be Bible studies focusing on the Old Testament man of 'vision and action', Nehemiah. Delegates will also be able to attend three out of 24 seminars on a variety of issues under the headings of body, mind and soul. A significant feature of EYE2014 will be the introduction of the new One Army teaching resource, which will be used in cell groups during the event. Delegates will be encouraged to continue using the material in their home corps (church).
There will be plenty of opportunities for fellowship and fun during a sports afternoon, free time and two late night events – a campfire and a carnival-style market place.
Lieut-Colonel Jonathan Roberts (Under Secretary for Europe, International Headquarters) says: ‘We are praying that through all that takes place during EYE2014, the delegates will gain a vision of what God wants them to do – and will be challenged and inspired to put it into action.’
The main meetings and Bible studies will be live-streamed at sar.my/tv. The first meeting will be on Thursday 14 August at 8pm local time (GMT +2).
Report by the Europe Zone