THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, 2017
|"In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."(Romans 8:37)
No matter how strenuous life may sometimes be or how difficult the circumstances that arise, no matter how great the oppression of the world, and even no matter how strong or weak we may feel, we need to remember that we are conquerors in Christ and we must use every opportunity we have to let His victory be exhibited in our life. There is no greater joy and hope than that which springs from this reality and from the reality of God's love for us.
It is as we go with Him through deep valleys that we experience God’s greatest blessings for that is the time when we discover Him as He really is. No illusions! He is all-sufficient, almighty, ever present and ever-loving, supporting, caring and providing us with the needed resources to the very end. He provides us with strength along with the strain, comfort along with the pain, victory along with the adversity. He gives to us life in death, joy in sorrow, strength in weakness, peace in the midst of turmoil. His presence in the darkness is the sweetest comfort we can ever experience in this pilgrim life.
When our hearts resonate to this great love and when we abandon ourselves with obedient faith to the ways of God, willingly submitting ourselves to His work in our lives, the joy of the Lord becomes our strength and our fellowship with Him the greatest delight. The burdens of life become bearable and the yoke easy for He is the one that stays with us in our burdens and strengthens us to carry on. It is only when He lives in us that we have power to overcome the storms of life, the temptations of the world, the weakness and sinfulness of our own nature, and even the powers of darkness, and stand. The trials that come to test our faith and the common things of our day-by-day life alike can then illuminate the life of the Lord Jesus in us rather than defeating us and separating us from the love of God. Knowing that the Lord is God and that He is able to preserve us and to bring us to glory, let us walk in the light of His love and rest in this hope as we obey Him, and nothing ever will be able to set us apart from this great love of God for us!
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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)