THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, 2016
|"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.(1 Corinthians 12:27)
We are members of the body of Christ, carrying in these earthen vessels the invaluable gift of the divine nature of our Redeemer. We belong to one another just as much as we belong to the Lord Himself. We were brought together into the Christian community on the same ground of faith and we have been purchased with the same price; we were called to the same hope and we share in the same task of revealing the life of Christ and being witnesses of God's grace for others. We are all indwelt by the same Spirit that quickened us to life and who teaches, comforts and guides us everyday as we open our hearts and minds to His gentle and constant voice.
We cannot exist apart from the Lord, and we cannot exist apart from communion with one another. Christ indwells each member of His church; this is why we can meet and accept all believers as we ourselves have been met and accepted by the Lord Himself. Living with the awareness of this spiritual reality helps us to love each individual and to remain humble and grateful for the opportunity to participate in the community of God's redeemed people. When we see the full image of the unity of the body of Christ and acknowledge how essential each member is for the benefit and good functioning of the whole body, we will be more ready to value and appreciate one another, to nourish and encourage every gift, and to love, support and edify in every way our brothers and sisters in Christ.
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The Lord blessed the evangelistic work in the Republic of Moldova, and we had the great joy of seeing people coming to the Lord. We had recent baptism in Rascaieti, Pistrueni and Hartop where a great number of unbelievers were present and had the opportunity to listen to the message of the Gospel and to witness the public profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ of those who stepped into the waters of baptism.
Hundreds of children took part in the Christian camps we organized in several locations in the Republic of Moldova throughout the summer. Many of them had their first contact with the Bible and Christian teachings, as they learned songs, Bible verses and how to pray. It was an exciting privilege to introduce them to the Christian faith and to the grace and love of God, and to plant in their hearts the seed of God's Word that we are praying springs to life in due time and brings fruit for their salvation.
We started a new evangelistic work in Niorcani village (Soroca District) where there is no Evangelical church. We are praying that God will touch many hearts through the message of the Gospel so that people will turn to God with faith and repentance and a strong testimony for the name of the Lord will be built in this village.
We rejoice for the opportunity God gives us every day to encourage local communities of believers throughout Moldova and eastern Romania, to comfort elderly brothers and sisters who are in suffering or in need, and to share the Gospel with friends, neighbors and relatives we meet during our visits.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)