It’s soul-satisfying to come to the end of another day on the mission field in southwestern Romania. While Tom was out delivering Serbian Bibles this morning, Julian, Briana, and I prepared super-stuffed gift bags for the ladies’ conference that happened tonight. Briana did an absolutely excellent job teaching and encouraging the women. I was so proud of her.
“Loving God Even When Life Feels Broken” was the conference theme. Sessions included “Knowing Me,” “Keeping Me,” and “Embracing Me.” Using the imagery of sea glass that was once considered “trash” but which has now been made beautiful by pressure and time, Briana explained how God’s sanctifying grace is most powerfully at work in us when life feels overwhelmingly difficult.
She went on to use the account of Elijah to explain how quickly even strong believers can lose their identity in Christ, opting albeit unintentionally to believe the lies of others instead of the truths of God. As the ladies finished the third session, they were given a piece of sea glass to keep as a reminder of all that they learned. It was a rich and full day and night!
The sunset over the Danube was the Lord’s own icing on the cake. What a majestic Creator! Enjoy.