This year’s PEF annual conference took place in Chisinau, Moldova, on March 3-4 at the Leo Grand Hotel, right in the heart of the city.
Some 130 leaders, representing Pentecostals movements from 28 European countries, gathered for a time of fellowship, inspiration and reflection on a most timely theme: “PEF’S COVENANT FOR EVANGELISM – Which are the most fruitful forms of evangelism today?”
PEF Chairman Ingolf Ellssel opened and led the conference, expressing special thanks to Victor Pavlovski, conference host and leader of the growing national Pentecostal movement in Moldova. In the opening session, warm words of welcome and greetings were shared by the current Minister of Justice in Moldova, by Mr. Valeriu Ghiletchia, a Christian member of the Parliament, also representing the European Baptist Federation, and also by a representative of the Mayor of Chisinau. The choir of the local Filadelfia Church and a men’s quintet blessed the participants with joyful worship songs.
Many participants said they felt God’s anointing upon the entire conference program and the guest speakers, including Urs Schmid (Switzerland), Daniel Kolenda (USA), Outi Rossi (Finland), Mercea Demean (Romania), Siegfried Tomazsewski (USA), Jacob Bock (Spain), Victor Pavlovski (Moldova), who brought Biblical insights and real-life testimonies on the subject of evangelism in a variety of contemporary contexts.
The Annual Business Meeting of the PEF Committee allowed the Committee delegates to hear various reports, indicating the ongoing development of the PEF structure and its evangelistic vision. A special session, attended by over 20 leaders, was held for the newly formed branch “Social Ministries”. Two national Pentecostal movements from the Ukraine, representing thousands of churches, were officially accepted and welcomed as new members of PEF and the Fellowship of European International Churches (FEIC) is now part of the PEF network. It was also confirmed that the P.E.F. is an official member of the Pentecostal World Fellowship, our global Pentecostal family.
Special emphasis was placed on “Europe Sunday” (May 15, 2011) and “Impact Now”, a Missions Conference to be held in Budapest, Hungary (July 27-30, 2011) with outreaches in the Hungarian capital and beyond. Plans for further outreaches in other European capitals in 2012, 2013 and 2014 are underway.
Evidently, all these efforts are in keeping with the conference motto and PEF’s vision: “EUROPE NEEDS THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL!”