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“Growing Through Suffering”: FSQ Europe Conference 2014

Every year, the leaders of the Foursquare Churches in Europe gather for a time of celebration, relationship, and spiritual refreshing.  This year, Adam had the opportunity to travel to Lisbon, Portugal to join many of our friends for this gathering.  Before the conference, Adam helped facilitate a gathering for many of the National Youth Leaders and representatives from the Foursquare churches of Europe.  This was a part of a two-year relationship where Adam has been walking along side this group as consultant and process-facilitator.  This is a team of fantastic, young leaders, who are growing in relationship,  a shared perspective on developing healthy youth in Europe, and working together to toward common, Spirit-led values and goals.  It has been a privilege to walk with these leaders, as they have received encouragement and direction from God, grown in unity, and have made a commitment to serve one another in Europe.

The theme of the conference was “Growing Through Suffering,” and it was a precious time of coming together and receiving mutual encouragement from one another in the form of teaching, worship, delicious meals, and having fun together.  Adam was asked to join with Jan von Wille (National Leader Fsq Germany) for one of the teaching times during the conference.  Jan spoke on growing through stages of spiritual development, and the necessity of suffering in that process.  Adam shared about spiritual praxis, and the role of spiritual disciplines in growing through the stages.  He was able to share examples from his own life, as well as lead the conference in a time of Lectio Divina (meditation on scripture).  It was a privilege and a joy to serve our friends in Europe in this way.

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