THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2016
|"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (1John 3:2)
There is no higher honor and no better portion in this life than to be called sons and daughters of God almighty. Who else can experience God's peace in times of turmoil, His comfort in times of adversity and His calm assuredness in times of strain? God permits sorrows and afflictions to come our way but He is with us through them all and it is through them all that we get to know Him and learn to trust and rely upon Him. Great is His faithfulness, and the mercy and love He has for those who are His has no boundaries! In the secret communion with the Sprit we receive the solid assuredness of the fact that we belong to God. This joy of the Spirit in our hearts is just a foretaste of that divine and glorious joy we will soon have in the presence of our Lord Jesus. The world does not know us, but we know Him and because of that we have the clear conscience of our identity and of the fact that we now live for God's glory. There is sweet delight and inexpressible joy in this reality, unmatched fulfillment and at the same time an unquenchable desire to get to know the Lord even closer and never let anything that comes from our flesh darken or mar the reflection of God's image in us and the beauty of a genuine Christian life.
We are the children of God and we know that "it doeth not yet appear what we shall be". God's promises and the vision of the eternal glory urge us onward. Like the gems that are formed in the depths of the earth under extraordinary pressure and unbearable heat, so are we formed here on this earth - concealed, pressured, challenged in all manners, unexposed to the glory and approval of the moment, yet being transformed all this time after the glorious image of our Lord Jesus. And "we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." What an extraordinary promise to help us persevere with joy and faith through all trials and inspire us to always live our life as sons and daughters of God almighty.
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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)