During regional reports, representatives are able to share struggles, strategy, and take time to pray for each other.
UK delegates were so encouraged by the faithfulness and testimony of Marcos Lovaglio (Italy), they decided to take a small group to meet the church in person. In July 2016, four young people visited and worshipped with the church in Arco, Italy.
During the initial 3WLN event (Oct 2015), Pastor Laszlo Debrecini of Hungary met representatives from the Ukrainian Church of God for the first time. During a breakout session, the two parties realized how much their common history of communist occupation has created a common culture (despite borders and language differences). This sparked in-depth conversation about ministry challenges and allowed a deep friendship to grow. As a result, the Hungarian church sent delegates to a 10-year celebration service of the Ukrainian church in Oct 2016. A delegation from Russia also attended the event.
Issa Saadi from Lebanon wanted his youth to also meet people from other countries and to discuss the challenges of youth ministry across borders. He set up an opportunity for leaders Sarina Hennig (German) and Marcos Lovaglio (Italy) to Skype with his youth for them to ask questions.
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