The Philadelphia Trust is involved in several Bible teaching and leadership training programmes. Some involve the Philadelphia Trust/GLO partnership while others have grown out of our core ministry developed over the 50 years of service of Roger and Susan Brind and the 20 years of service of Mark and Rachel Bartlett and Paul and Sally Thomas.
The International Conference (Camp)has been an annual feature since founded by Dieter Weidensdörfer, from Germany in 1991. It grew out of programmes that he and Roger had been involved in among youth and family groups during the communist era in Oranienburg, Brandenburg and Kirchberg, all in the former East Germany, (DDR).
In August this year 50 believers from 15 Countries came together for 2 weeks of bible study. Roger led the first week with studies in the early life of Abram and considered the challenges of this on our lives today. Mark Davies from GLO led week 2 and we considered lessons from the middle section of the Gospel of Luke.
During the communist period visits were made to support individual assemblies in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, DDR and Poland as well as the bible school in Jastzrebie in Poland. These visits were not without danger for both the travellers and their hosts. This itinerant ministry is still supported by Roger, Mark (Bartlett) and Paul. This year bible teaching visits have been made in Miskolc, Dömös and Budapest in Hungary, Kolosvár and Makfalva in Romania, Lutsk, Kyiv and Terebovlya in Ukraine.
The ministry in Bible Schools and other conferences has grown and most of this ministry is done in conjunction with GLO. In the last 12 months we have served in bible schools in Zaozerne, Ukraine, Český Těšín, Czechia, and Dömös, Hungary. In addition, Roger has continued serving in the annual elders and leaders retreat in Drăganului Valea, Romania.
This year’s International Conference was held at the Bible Centre in Dömös, Hungary once again. Around 50 attended the first week and about 60 attended the second week, with people coming from Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Romania, Germany, Austria, USA and UK. The two weeks were such a great time of learning and growing together.
The first week’s lectures were given by Mark Davies on the lessons from the early chapters of Luke and the second week’s lectures were on lessons from Genesis 1-11, taught by Roger Brind. After each morning lecture, there was a time for discussion groups, giving chance to dig a bit deeper into the points raised in the lecture and share relevant experiences from our lives and different countries. After coffee time, there was a choice of seminars on various subjects from the Trinity, to faith in times of crisis, to loving God with all your mind. This was also a great opportunity to share our own experiences and learn from one another. Continue reading “Annual International Conference”
The 26th annual International Bible Conference in Domos. The programme of bible study, discussions, seminars and fellowship took place in August. The value of the conference is summed up by these comments of those who came.