One of the evenings, I spent in a breakout session for women to share about their experiences. It was amazing to hear women from Slovakia, Malta, Austria, Croatia, Norway, Estonia, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, turkey, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia and Germany. There were several common themes mentioned: need for mentoring, gender roles / stereotypes, cultural and societal norms, and ‘shouldn’t’ mindset in terms of women thinking they shouldn’t do/say/be/etc. something.
The speakers were from across different contexts and spoke well on each topic, some were sharing more about the Lausanne movement and history. We were reminded of Christ Wright’s talk from 2010 Cape Town conference where he cast the vision to focus on the humility, integrity, and simplicity.
Prayer Walk around Budapest
We heard about Lausanne’s 33 issue networks which sound a lot like Praxis’ networks – great to hear of the topics, issues being faced, and how so many globally are gathering to exploring mission in so many ways. We heard inspiring research being done on women in evangelical Europe, examples of how Lausanne has been a uniting and resourcing impact in some countries, the challenges facing today’s Europe when it comes to mission, update from a few Ukrainians about what has been happening for them, and much more! We did a walking tour and prayer walk around the beautiful city of Budapest which was a brilliant way to get to know one another, see the sites, and pray for the country and continent.
It was very inspiring to hear from others across Europe but also great to get to know the other 4 from Ireland. We hope to continue to explore what Lausanne can look like in Ireland so do get in touch (email Anne here) if you’re interested in getting involved or would like to hear more.