We are excited to announce that we have our first aquaponics system up and running. It is currently on the 3rd floor terrace at the YWAM Constanta building and is doing quite well. We have had plenty of challenges, but we are very happy with the progress made so far. There is a large amount of interest and excitement building over the potential this system has here in Romania as well as the rest of the world.
For those new to the idea of aquaponics, it is a sustainable food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. To explain what happens simply, the fish waste becomes food for the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. We have made a video to explain how it works:
Aquaponics is a simple tool that can produce large amounts of food in small spaces while using only 10% or less of the water traditionally needed to grow the same amount of vegetables in soil. Add to that the production of meat in the form of fish, the reduced number of manhours required to maintain it, and you can begin to see why this sustainable food system is so incredible. Each week we are shocked by how quickly the plants are growing.
These systems can vary in size, shape, and cost depending on the local situation and need. Family-size units to feed 6-10 people in a developing world context without electricity can be built for as little as US$100 in places like Kenya. Systems also can be tailored around the education level of those managing the system. They can be built in a matter of days or weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the system needed.
As something new is passed on, there will always be the need for continued support, which opens the door for a key part of this ministry: building relationships. As we teach and equip people to meet the physical need of hunger, we also engage with them as a friend and a helper, introducing them to the love of God and the reality of relationship with Jesus. We are excited to begin training others to do this in Romania and beyond!
If you want to help out, partner with us, or to find out more information, please feel free to contact us. We would love to help you out in any way we can!
- Aquaponics Team
YWAM Constanța, Romania
The Central European DTS Coordinators, Chris and Mirjam Klop, are excited to announce the formation of the first ever Central European DTS Resource Team. The DTS resource team is “a group of experienced disciplers who carry the heart and values of DTS, imparting and influencing relationally to see quality DTSs strengthened and multiplied in Central Europe.”
The resource team will serve practically in the region in areas like DTS staff training, outreach prep, teaching in DTSs, hosting gatherings for DTS leaders, and organizing training events to strengthen DTS in our region. They will provide a great resource for individuals and bases who have a heart for DTS.
Mirjam and Chris have prayed and hoped for a resource team for Central Europe for many years and are delighted that God has brought a team together this year! Most of the team met in July in Budapest for a great time of prayer, team building, and strategizing about how to best serve Central Europe.
If you are working in the area of human trafficking, or even just interested in finding out more about this very important subject for our region… there are two conferences coming up just for you!
The first one takes place in Moldova from 12-16 September.
Click on the below picture for more information:
The next one is in Hamburg, Germany on 8-9 November.
7 days. 380 volunteers from 40 nations.
410 villages in northern Greece.
60 vehicles. 50,000 kilometers.
124,826 New Testaments.
While numbers aren’t the true measure of any outreach, this was a massive operation. Hellenic Ministries is over halfway to meeting its goal of placing a Bible in 1 million Greek homes, and this summer’s effort was the biggest yet. Check out more Operation Joshua information here.
Jason and Samantha were among 50 YWAM missionaries participating in Operation Joshua this summer in northern Greece- the home of ancient Neapolis and Philippi from Acts 16. Why the effort? Why the expense? Why deal with the heat and mosquitoes of the campsite? Why persevere in Bible distribution in the midst of opposition from many orthodox priests and police? (Over 100 participants were brought in for questioning by local authorities! No one was doing anything illegal, so it just turned into a delay and opportunity to share testimonies with the police! Does this sound familiar? Read Acts 16.)
“The Bible in the hands of the people (in their heart language) is the seed of liberty.“ We believe that returning to God and Biblical principles is the only hope for Greece in the midst of the economic and political crisis, and that every family should have a Bible in modern Greek that they can read for themselves! A Greek pastor recently visited Kansas City (of all places!) and came to visit us at our home. He shared that, “the current crisis in the nation has turned into an incredible blessing from God because Greeks must consider returning to God as the only solution.”
There is a growing hunger for God especially among the young people of Greece and it is certainly a time to continue to train, equip, and send workers into the fields for the harvest. Thanks for continuing to pray, encourage, and sacrificially give so that our family can do our part to see evangelism, prayer, mercy ministries, and discipleship continue to expand and be established all throughout Greece in this time.
While the outreach was very significant, equally important and strategic are the relationships that we continue to cultivate with pastors and ministry leaders in Greece. Only God can bring things together like this! Our pioneer project is one of many very significant pieces that God is bringing together in this season.
Our family and pioneer team are praying through a few options for how to move forward with ministry in Greece whether the door opens up soon for long-term visas or not. More on that soon, as God is bringing forth some very exciting new connections and possibilities.
- Jason, Tiffany, Samantha, Aubrey, and Annie Hinton
From Roy Jones of YWAM Associates:
Pictures of the Romanian inTouch camp (which was our 1st in Eastern Europe) are here: http://www.intouchcamps.net/ro/galleries/snapshots-intouch/
This works as a slideshow. Click on the 1st picture and when it opens up, click again on the arrow at the bottom left.
We’ve so much to thank God for and these pictures will give a little insight of the good times we had in His presence.
At the end of May, 4 of us from Central Europe spent 5 days at a Faith in Conflict Conference in what is otherwise known as Northern Ireland… The conference was held in Rostrevor, which is a village on the border with Ireland, and so the view from the window is actually the Republic of Ireland across the loch.
The conference was about reconciliation and people from all over the world, including Palestine and Nigeria, where conflict has been around faith, attended. Four of us from Central Europe (pictured below in front of Stormont) attended and it was a great time for us as we examined what it means to have faith in areas of conflict.
We spent one day going into Belfast together and it really was a special day of meeting different people who are working at reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Jonny Clark, YWAM Ireland leader, was our awesome tour guide: He grew up in Belfast, and also led a YWAM work there for a while, so he was a perfect guide.
We started off in Clonard Monastery with a talk by Steve Stockman, a Presbyterian Minister, and Father Martin from the Catholic church, about their relationship and what they have been doing to build bridges between the two communities. We moved onto Christian Fellowship Church listened to politician John Kyle, talking about the challenges facing East Belfast and how the Kingdom message of Hope can impact those most vulnerable in our societies. To end off we heard a presentation about Restorative Justice practices from Alternatives, a local Belfast organisation.
Besides hearing great stuff from lots of good people, we also got to see some of the areas that are well known for being part of the troubles, the Falls road and the Shankhill Road…
It wasn’t all conference, conference, conference… We did get to experience a little taste of Ireland. And you can’t go to Ireland without going to the pub: And we even got to experience traditional Irish music in a little corner pub in Rostrevor:
The last day we from Central Europe met with those interested in YWAM Ireland to see how they could help us move forward in the area of reconciliation. It was a great time of meeting and praying together, seeking the Lord as to what is next. After the time of prayer, we have decided to tentatively plan to hold a similar conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014. Drawing people not just from the country of BiH, but also from across the region and beyond – so watch this space for details!
- Belinda Chaplin, YWAM Bosnia and Herzegovina