Weekend in Europe 2017
The Kairos Weekend 2017 was a success in many
A hundred and twenty participants and staff
arrived on Friday 10th February at our venue
in Turcifal, Portugal filled with anticipation
and excitement, and possibly some questions.
People came from across Europe: England,
Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of
Ireland, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Spain,
and Belgium and almost double that in
Any worries participants many have had were
soon put to rest as people were welcomed with
incredible Portuguese hospitality. Over the
whole weekend, the food was incredible, the
venue was spectacular, the view even more
This weekend had a different feel than others
that had come before it. The international
influence of Kairos was never more present at
a Kairos Weekend than this one. This was the
first Kairos Weekend held in Portugal, and
outreaches which had never attended a Kairos
Weekend came along.
We had an excellent translation team which
made all those who didn’t speak English
fluently or at all feel welcomed and at peace
during the weekend.
The Lord was acting in and through the
The theme of our conference was ‘Heritage’,
over the weekend we had four talks all based
on this theme mainly drawing from Psalm 16.
The verse “I have a delightful inheritance”
was brought to life for us by telling us how
we are to be joyful in what Christ has given
us. Our attention was then drawn to verse 8 “I
keep my eyes always on the Lord” encouraging
us to keep focused on the Lord and unwavering
because in his strength we cannot be shaken.
“5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in
surely I have a delightful
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:5-8)
Experienced university outreach leaders Paul
Jordan, David Quintana, Tadhg Lynch, Mags
Tierney and Christiane Lewerentz were the
speakers at the conference and all were used
as instruments of God’s word.
Some of the main messages of the weekend
- Our call to our heritage.
- Jesus loves you, and has brought you here
- Claiming our heritage.
- God offers us abundant life with him and
part of accepting this is rejecting sin.
- Living our heritage.
- God offers us an amazing inheritance, and
we have to choose to say ‘yes’ to it and
‘no’ to other things.
From the very first prayer time the Holy
Spirit was moving actively amongst us at the
weekend. After our opening song of the weekend
the room erupted into spiritual song. People
singing in multiple different languages and in
tongues – what a glorious sound it was.
People were ready to be spoken to and were
ready to be spoken through. The ground was
fertile; the workers were ready and the Spirit
was active! In our main prayer meeting the
Lord was clearly speaking to and through
people as we had almost too many words for our
discernment team to handle.
Around 75% of the room went for prayer
ministry and we had to extend our meeting time
by 40 minutes to incorporate the number of
people responding to what the Lord was saying.
We saw people give their lives for the first
time to Christ, people reaffirm the faith and
some step out and take radical steps in
The Lord moved powerfully in the lives of the
participants throughout the weekend, through
small groups, friendships, teaching, worship
and prayer. People encountered the Lord in a
real and impactful way which will see them
move forward as disciples and brothers and
sister in Christ.
A few quotes from some of the participants,
sharing their experience of the weekend
The international aspect of Kairos weekend
2017 was the most wonderful part, I was in a
small group that needed 3 languages and 2
translators but Faith united us, we shared
something beyond words, this unity is so
inspiring! – Jessica Supple, Dublin
God is love, God is good, and God was at the
Kairos weekend. I was deeply touched by his
love for us and the unity of his body. 10/10
would recommend – Ben Chua, London
I found it great. Especially worship times!
I’ve never experienced it so powerful. But
perhaps my favourite was the night prayer. It
was my first time praying the psalms fully
with my heart. And afterwards sleeping was
very peaceful – Kathrin Waldner, Vienna
Nathan Morrow is
the Mission Director of
Koinonia, the Sword of the
Spirit university outreach
in London. All photos
courtesy of Andrew
Michalak © Kairos Europe
and the Middle East.