Thursday, April 22, 2010

50th Celebrations

After the Equip finished on the Friday morning it was all systems go to get things ready for the YWAM Central European 50th celebrations which began in the evening. By the time registration happened at 3pm the hall looked really festive and we were ready to go (despite me only getting the hotel room list at 2.30pm to figure out the housing!).

The first night and Saturday morning, we had Al Akimoff, from YWAM Slavic Ministries speaking:
On Saturday afternoon we had a tour of the sites of the "revolution" which took place in Romania, starting in Timisoara in December 1989 and leading to the overthrow of Ceau┼čescu. This plaque says "Here started the revolution that deposed a dictator":
Here is the Orthodox Church (soooo pretty) and the apparently ubiquitous 'Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf' statue which can be found in many Romanian towns (according to my guide anyway!):
We also had workshops and teachings via skype from Australia as our keynote speaker got stuck there due to the Iceland Ash Cloud crisis! But generally we had a time just to PARTY and celebrate our 50th in style. Here the Romanians show us how to do it the traditional way: (we did do a Bosnian/Former Yugoslavia dance as well, but I didn't get pics!)
Even though I ended up doing a LOT of work for the conference, I did enjoy it all and enjoyed being able to serve the 150 people (including 24 children) who came along to the event. And it was amazing how everything all worked out: we had exactly the right amount of beds in the hotel, the food was great and people helped with everything. Even with the Ash crisis meaning some people couldn't get back, everyone found somewhere to go (including my friend, Doreen, who came back with me to Banja Luka!). So, despite the hard work, I had a great time and look forward to our next regional conference in 2 years time!!

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...