Thanksgiving: the life-giving Word
“The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world-
just as it has been doing among you”. Col 1:6-7
What does an Egyptian, a Palestinian, a Kosovar, and an Albanian all have in common? I met them at our church and later had a privilege to talk to them about Jesus! Here are just two short stories…
I (David) and an Albanian colleague (Gusti) met Nazimir from Kosova for lunch to learn about his journey with the Lord. We discovered that Nazimir is a believer who needs a Bible Study. A week later, Nazimir brough Fatian (another international student from Vlora, Albania). I quickly discovered that Fatian does not know Christ. Yulia prayed as I shared the good news of Jesus Christ with Fatian. Pray for the gospel to sprout and grow in Fati’s heart. Pray also for Fati’s relationship with Nazimir to grow so that he could witness first-hand the goodness of God watching a Christian’s life.
Last week we met with Malik, a young Palestinian student. He shared that he is on a journey toward God. As we met over lunch we gave him freedom to ask any questions. We focused talking about “merit”. Can we do anything to deserve God’s favor. Pray for Malik to continue on his journey toward the Lord.
Two groups of women gather with Yulia to study the book of Colossians. Simple discipline of gathering around the Word weekly is lifegiving to fatigued and burdened children of the Most High. Here is a message I recently received from one of the members of the study, named Eliso. She is a young Ukrainian/Georgian from Odessa Ukraine, who joined our study in September. She wrote, ”Thank you for the study. For me this is a real blessing, and I really needed such time. While being at home, sick with Covid for 2 weeks, I have been reviewing the study notes, reading Colossians and listening to the recording of our group discussions. And God just revived me through His Word”.