From Lxxx (Day 146): Dear brothers and sisters, I wish you a good morning. In our church online chat every morning one of our elders places a new verse for us to mediatate and pray. This is a Bible passage of today:
“O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD” Jeremiah 16:19-21
My prayer today is that the people around would know His hand, His might and His name.
In our culture people often know about God but don’t t know God. In the beginning of the 90s after the fall of the iron curtain, when our country became open for the gospel many evangelists came and did massive events of evangelism gathering people at the stadiums. A lot of people came, they were curious and eager to listen to something new. But the new churches then were not ready to do follow-up and discipleship and many new believers were discouraged and disappointed. It’s very important to share gospel with people but it’s also very important to help them understand what Christian life is about and be with them when they make their first steps in faith.
As we work with refugees who have been staying in our town for several months already and will stay here while the war is going on and for some time after it, we must think about it. And as we help them to deal with their traumas we should think about giving them a model of life they can follow.
Yesterday during charitable breakfast a new man came, his name is Sxxxx. He was polite, may be even too polite to hide his nervousness. He ordered a piece of cake and a cup of tea and it was vivid that he likes desserts but probably hasn’t eaten it for a while. He didn’t join the group of people who know each other and chose to sit separately. Txxx and I introduced ourselves and told about our center and what we are doing. Then he told his story. He is from Nikolayev and all his life he worked as an engineer at a famous ship-construction factory. With tears in his eyes he shared with us the pain of being away from his home and from the work he loved. It’s unbearable to see how the city where he lived all his life is being destroyed with bombs every day. We listened to him, asked him questions and we saw that with every minute of our conversation he felt better, he began to smile, even started to joke. When he was leaving he said: “I see that you care”. We hope he will come to our group therapy meeting on Saturday.
Please, pray for our work with refugees and for the wisdom and guidance of Holy Spirit as we do this work.