From July 23rd to 29th 2016 the DALEJ! Conference will gather 450 students and young adults together in Kiczyce, Poland. The theme of our conference is “arise and build”.
Taking our central theme from the second chapter of the book of Nehemiah, we will investigate a time when God’s people were scattered and divided and when hope and a fresh call was given to them to build the city of God.
The Polish word DALEJ means to persevere or continue. It also is commonly used to shout encouragement to someone engaged in an activity. Runners at a race encourage one another by shouting “DALEJ! DALEJ!”.
It is a call to persevere in action – to continue to run strong. In the book of Nehemiah it is used by the people whom Nehemiah has called to respond to his work of building the wall of the city of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem, and he is saddened by its state and moved to rebuild the city. He tells the people as he begins this great endeavour “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer disgrace. And I told them of the hand of my God which had been upon me for good, and also of the words which the king had spoken to me.” (Neh 2:17)
As the people hear the call of Nehemiah their eyes are opened. They see what the city has become and they are imbued with a fresh heart to take part in the work of God. They answer Nehemiah with a response of “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work”.(Neh 2:18).
We believe that the Lord is calling us in Kairos Europe to respond to his word. We believe he is calling us to renew and rebuild. This is what DALEJ! is about.