December 6, 2023 saw the 26th Annual European Prayer Breakfast in Brussels, Belgium. Its main topics were the demographic situation in Europe and peacemaking in Israel.
ELCIR pastor Yevgeni Raskatov attended the meeting as part of a delegation of National Spiritual Breakfast organizers from Russia. The Russian National Spiritual Breakfast is held with the support of the Presidential Administration of Russia.
A central idea of the European Prayer Breakfast is bethinking ourselves of the Christian basics and fundamental values which were important for a united Europe: “Beyond the common rules, beyond law and economy, Europe needs a soul, it needs spirituality and meaning.” The EPB participants see the ministry of Christ as the most important example. With the agenda taking a central stage, the intent of the EPB, however, is to be relationship-driven rather than agenda-driven, encouraging committed relationships among its guests from across Europe.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt. 22:37-39, ESV)