We just spent a week with the Christ
Community Church mission team in Kyustendil, Bulgaria. I think it would be
impossible to describe all that happened in such a short period of time. I could start with the two Sunday services we
attended or the 160 Roma children that learned Bible lessons, sports and songs
for five days. I could describe working
with the orphans, elderly or street evangelism, but I want to talk about is the
uniqueness of our God. I am reminded of
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NCV)
22 The Lord's love never ends;
They are new every
Lord, Your loyalty is great.
1. Having been made or come into
being only a short time ago; recent: 2. Still fresh 3. Not previously experienced
or encountered; novel or unfamiliar:
wanted to share about how God surprised us this week, which was new or not previously
experienced. We laughed about how
these surprises brought us encouragement and even joked how we (Chance and Dee
Dee) had arranged all these strange consequences. I thought of the movie “Funny Farm” when Andy
(Chevy Chase) and Elizabeth Farmer had compensated the town in order to sell
their house. As a prospective buyer
looked out the window of Andy’s house he said, “Que the deer!” and the deer ran
across the yard in order to impress the buyers. We, as a team, could never have arranged all
the unique experiences God had in store for our group. I know by now you want to know what happened,
so here we go:
member of the group was baptized in a cold river on Mt. Osogovo during our end
of the week picnic.
shepherd walked up with his sheep during this picnic and explained about his
sheep and goats.
missionary from South Africa came and gave his testimony about his daughter and
their work with orphans in Bulgaria.
Pastors of a church in Kyustendil came by and delivered ice cream for the
local pastor’s wife gave a testimony about Bulgarian churches during Communist
former Bulgarian solider testified about Communist times and how the church was
got to experience the Roman baths.
God moved on the hearts of the Roma people while we were praying during street
singing “How He Loves” to the Roma during street evangelism.
10. While in Sofiia on our last day, a Bulgarian always
showed up right on time to show us around town which was not scheduled AT ALL.
11.Washing the feet of the Roma that served us lunch all
week was more than words can express.
as a grouped cried…. And… cried during all the happenings during this week. We are thankful for God’s love and grace
during this trip and we know that without organization you cannot have the
power of the Holy Spirit. Even if the
same group came next year and we planned things exactly the same, because of
God’s uniqueness or new
mercies it would be completely different. I am reminded as a member of the Body of Jesus
Christ we desire the same, but we need to embrace His unique new mercies everyday and
experience His love and grace.
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