October 18, 2018 – This past Sunday we were at Hope Church in Lancaster, England. This church has partnered with us for many years and sent teams over, the most recent came this past April. They have become very interested in the St John’s Home.
Several from the church are part of a “Netball Team” (A Europe version of Basketball) – they were sharing with their team about the Girl’s home and proposed that they try and raise some funds to buy a "Wardrobe" for one of the bedrooms. The team talked and asked if they could sponsor an entire room (that would be 1100 Pounds - $1400 or 2500 lev)... Well, this past Sunday the team attended church (some of the team for the first time) and presented us with the total of their fundraising for the furnishing of the St John’s Home – and it was 2412 Pounds! More than enough for 2 of the bedrooms and more!
Additionally, Hope Church has several recovery type groups and one of them called Adullam (a ladies group) also heard of the Girls home and they wanted to help and provide hope for the girls who would eventually use the home. They do crafts as part of their group's activities and so they decided to hand make dolls for each of the first 10 girls who will be part of the home. Each one is different with their own personalities. Here we are pictured holding many of them!
These two presentations touched my heart! They all gave of their time and talents to help girls at risk – people they do not know but know the pain that they might encounter if someone does not do something.
Team Bulgaria is so glad to have Partners like Hope church and the people who not only attend but also share what they hear and know with those beyond the church walls and engage them in ministry. (I was told that a couple of the ladies from Adullam were heard talking about the service and said they thought it was good and that they would most likely come back – these ladies had never come to church before)
God was working and ministering on so many levels this past Sunday, I am still brought to tears when I think about it. God loves the folks and is using the needs of other to reach out to those who are not part of the family at the same time! We serve an awesome God!
This week pray for…
…Hope Church in Lancaster UK and all the ways they touch the people in their community – pray God Blesses them as they bless others!
…Our church in Petrich as we have had some local visitors come recently – pray that we would find a way to connect them to our services.
… the locals who are using the building for Cultural Dance lessons and exercise. Diane is part of this group that normally meets in a local school – it is being remodeled and so the group could not meet this fall – we offered our space and they jumped at the chance to use it. Not sure where it will lead but we are praying and have 2 of our members who are part of the group!