Thursday, November 7, 2013
While I was in Belarus I got sick. I have asked the Lord why but I do know that God allowed this trial in my life. After several months of illness I am on the mend. I had hoped to return to full-time ministry when I got home from the trip. I was offered a place to serve in Clarkston with refugees. I only had a few days notice to prepare before the new mission at the apartment opened. I was so excited but I was so sick! I couldn't imagine why God wasn't letting me get well so I could do this! I struggled the entire week with my illness and no peace that I would be physically able to take this program on the next Monday. There was another couple who was interested in this apartment complex. That doesn't happen very often! I called Mark and told him that I was not in peace about the next week. I reminded him of (and of course he knew)the struggles I was having physically since being in Belarus. We prayed and Mark made the call to let the other couple take the complex. I think that was one of the hardest things I have ever done! So I am anxiously waiting on God for my new full-time missions opportunity. Waiting is difficult especially when my whole heart's desire is to serve Him! In the meantime I continue to visit with some of the families at The Falls to give them encouragement and to share God's love.
Some of you may wonder what I have been up to recently. My husband and I led a group of 10 from our church to Belarus in July. It was a great and successful mission trip with over 200 salvations! We went to the southern Belarus city of Luninets where we worked with Pastor Nicholi and his new church plant. Then we went to another city Mikashevichy and worked with Pastor Dmitriy and his church. Our main purpose was children's ministry but we also participated in home visitations in the afternoon and evening where we could share our faith with families in the cities. It was amazing. One of my special things was meeting Alena in her home one night and then being invited back the next night. She cooked me an entire meal. I was able to share my faith with her. She was so excited when we visited her the 1st night. She found out that I had ministered in Ukraine and she was Ukrainian. I sang a few Ukrainian hymns to her. The last night she joined in singing with me. Isn't God good!! The Lord brought to my mind all the Ukrainian that I needed just for Alena.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Well I certainly haven't kept up this blog but you can check out all the happenings on my blog for our short-term trip to Belarus. My husband Mark and I are leading a team of 10 from First Baptist Atlanta to Belarus July 5-15th. You can check it out at: belarusmissionfba.blogspot.com. It is our 1st trip to Belarus. We will be participating in children's ministry and evangelism. Please pray for us!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Even though I am seeking a new missions assignment I am keeping quite busy with families that I serve and preparation for our Belarus trip in July. This weekend I attended the birthday party of my sweet friend, a young Mother, who I have known for about 4 years. It was a wonderful evening of fellowship with my Spanish speaking friends.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Life is never dull. Lately with all the preparation for our upcoming Belarus trip I have found myself so busy with all of the hustle and bustle that it takes to take a group of people to a new country. Check out our blog for Belarus at the link below. God is working. One of our precious Mom's from the Falls gave birth to a precious baby girl. She was born with a congenital heart defect. Praise the Lord, she underwent a successful surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and is now home with her family!! Mark and I have been praying for God's direction in regards to mission work here in Atlanta. We have interviewed with a few mission agencies and I can definitely say that God has led both of us to cross one of them off of our list. There are so many ministry/mission opportunities which we could become involved in but I believe that God has the perfect spot for us where we can serve.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Yesterday Mark and I had the opportunity to be included in the SEND North America Celebration and Call to Prayer. We had a great time hearing from Pastors and New Church Planters as they shared the need for evangelism in North America and specifically in Atlanta. Atlanta, Georgia, my hometown and the city of my birth, is an UNREACHED city. 70% of the population in suburban Atlanta are unchurched and 92% of the population inside of I-285 are unchurched. Staggering statistics in the "Bible Belt." Atlanta is now one of the cities in our country with the greatest amount of lost people- people who do not profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! Please pray for Our City of Atlanta, Ga and for church planters, pastors, and missionaries as we work in this city to tell others about Jesus.