If you want to travel fast, travel alone. But if you want to travel far, travel together. – Saying of East African Massai


Shortly after the falling down of the “Berlin Wall“ in Germany and the „Iron Curtain“ in Eastern Europe, several Christian initiatives took up the challenge of shaping Europe’s new future.

1994, after a “Round Table“ with several of these initiatives in Prague/Czech Rep., they decided to create an umbrella, which should function as framework for cooperative action. It was called “Hope for Europe”.

Under this umbrella and within this frame, networks began to take shape over the following years, stimulated by annual “Round Tables“.

Today “Hope for Europe” has around 20 of these networks, like Arts, Media, Church, Healthcare, Business etc. The purpose is to synergise locally, nationally, regionally.

1992 forty women in leadership from eastern and western Europe met in Linz/Austria. They decided
to offer regularly an international and interdenominational women’s conference, to learn from each other and to
encourage one another. Women in Leadership was the first “Hope for Europe” network and was convened by Elisabeth Mittelstaedt, founder and editor of “Lydia”, the christian magazin for women in German speaking countries.


 Crikvenica / Croatia – 2007Women_in_leadership6


⇢⇢ to inspire, encourage and equip women to fulfil the purposes of God for their lives.
⇢⇢ to model how God can use women in a variety of ways.
⇢⇢ to challenge European women leaders to bring the transforming power of the Gospel
to Europe and to every nation within it.

“Hope for Europe” – Conferences with 60 to 220 women in leadership were held in the following
1995 – Ustron / Poland with an evangelistic day at the end, 600 polish women came.
1997 – Budapest / Hungary with an open day at the end, where 3.000 women appeared.
1999 – Frankfurt / Germany with an evangelistic day at the end, 9.000 german women came.
2002 – HOPE.21, Budapest / Hungary for all networks with 1.000 participants.
2005 – Hradec Kralove / Czech Republic with speaker Jill Briscoe.
2007 – Crikvenica / Croatia, final day on the ship “LOGOS II” in Rijeka.
2009 – Modra / Slovakia with 90 participants and a prayer-walk in Bratislava.
2011 – Hope.II – Conference, Budapest/Hungary for all networks with 500 participants.
2013 – Strasbourg / France with 220 participants, open day in Mulhouse with 1.500 ladies.
2015 – Hannover / Germany with 160 ladies from 30 nations and a final “Day for Women”