Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Time of Refreshing

We are coming to the end of the second day. It has been a wonderful time in the presence of the Lord... bringing healing of heart, soul & mind. We have laughed & cried & ate. The 14 women from the mission field & ministry team of 7 amazing women from the USA. The travel here was a challenge for many but the time in fellowship has brought new strength, hope & a vision for the future. Below you will find some pictures:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Because YOU Asked: What about the Women Missionaries' Retreat?

Dispelling the Darkness - Awakening Europe

Thanks to the prayers, monthly connections, and faithful giving of the small groups in homes, churches & individuals who just jumped on board to make this event a reality.

The first event of its kind (that I'm aware of) where the Foursquare Missionary Women from a particular region have come together to: Worship, pray, connect, laugh, build relationships for a week without their husbands & kids.

This is something that has been on my heart for about a decade. I am so grateful & blessed to have so many pastors & friends that believe in me.  You all eagerly jumped in with both feet together with me. You connected your missionaries, you prayed with knowledge, you partnered with them as they sought God for the funds to make the trip. 

There are 14 missionaries registered & 7 ministry members that are on they way to serve us. The Lord has already made it a success and the 1st person hasn't arrived yet. YOU, and what God has done in & through you is a major breakthrough. 

The Lord has opened doors in my community to really bless every person & at the time for me to bless my community. 

Please continue to pray for all who will be attending that the Lord would continue to keep them & their families safe. There have already been a number of situations where either the missionary or a member of her family has had a health issue. Most people will be coming by plane but 3 will be traveling by car.

Friday evening June 27th we will start our time together. 

Please pray that we will be united in Christ & that we will be able to draw in those who were unable to attend. That the bonds of our relationships will be strengthened & deepened in a way that we couldn't have thought possible.
Tomorrow I make my 1st trip to the airport.  

I will attempt to keep you updated throughout the week on this website.
It will probably be mostly pictures.
But like "they" say... a picture is like a thousand words.

Dear Jesus, may this bring a mighty breakthrough on this continent for your name sake!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Because YOU Asked: What ever happened with EduBridges?

EduBridges was the brain child of Natalia Niemiec one of the amazing young women I have had the privilege of working with over the last 18 years.

If you tied my hands I couldn't teach
Me w/Magda my translator
at the Baptist Church
She conceptualized a gathering of young leaders from countries throughout Europe to learn how to work more effectively with children & youth. To communicate better & more positively with one another. She felt that somehow I had taught her well these things & that there were other who could benefit from such an experience.

Susan prepping in Timisoara
She compiled a LARGE list of topics that span the more than 10 years that we have been friends. To be honest it was overwhelming. As we prayed the Lord lead us to invite Susan Ballantyne to join us.

Dudi & her team of organizers in Timisoara
Susan proved to be a great addition to the team.
After the 10 days of intensive training with 22 people we knew something special had transpired, but where would it go next? How would/could this continue?

Since that time the group has remained in contact through a private page on Facebook.
In March, Susan & I were asked to go to Timisoara Romania to teach a one day workshop to the English teachers of the city.  Who would have known that more than 120 teachers would give up their Saturday to come hear us. The response was amazing! The invitation(s) are there to return & continue the training. Again...When? What exactly is to be taught?

Timisoara Workshop
I have had opportunities here in my area to teach some workshops on building self-esteem both to a secular audiences & in the local Baptist church.
Timisoara "Giant Exercise"

For me the greatest miracle of it all is to see how Jesus comes & sets people free when I teach these workshops...even in the secular setting.

He is truly the TRUTH! And the TRUTH sets us FREE. And who the Son sets FREE is FREE indeed!