| Dec. 5, 2006
Dear Family and Friends,
A few years ago I received an email from a friend asking me and others to pray for her little daughter, Tayia, who had been diagnosed with brain tumors. After about two years, as I was going over my prayer list I sensed the Holy Spirit spur me to send the mother a letter and find out what's going on. I received this reply:
Your prayers mean the world to us.
I took Tayia to the neurosurgeon yesterday for a follow up visit since her last MRI. This is so exciting! He said her tumors are so small you can barely see them and the cyst on her pituitary gland is gone. We never even knew she had a cyst on her pituitary gland! Her tumors actually look like freckles on her brain, they used to look like peas. Dr. Lee said he couldn't explain what was happening to her. "These things just don't go away" he said. I told him it was Jesus because she has people (like you) praying for her! He said he had to agree that it was through prayer because there was no answer. God is awesome!
God really does amazing things through the prayers of His people! Especially through collective prayer. That's why I wanted to get this newsletter out and ask you all to pray for something important:
We just finished this course last Sunday. A total of 5 people prayed to receive Christ! Praise the Lord!!! Please pray the following for these new believers:
1. To continue to stay in fellowship through coming regularly to the church meetings, cell groups, etc.
2. To withstand persecution, pressure, etc. that has started from their loved-ones, friends, etc.
3. To continue to walk closely with the Lord in their own personal devotional times
4. To begin to share their new faith boldly with others
|The Second to the Last Session|
All of the people that attended were so sad that this course was ending. We had such a wonderful time together listening to and discussing the important, essential truths of the Christian faith. Here are some interesting comments I heard from some of them:
Andja - "Through this course, a huge burden that I had been carrying on my shoulders for all my life has finally been lifted and removed!"
Andja is totally on fire for the Lord! She takes her Bible to work and reads it all the time. She has already started sharing her faith with others. Her neighbors walked up to her after she received Christ to ask her why she's so happy! She is a single mother that lives in very poor conditions. During the course, her 15-year-old son was diagnosed with a tumor on his spine. He had a very complicated operation that lasted several hours. We all prayed for him and the operation was a success! At the end of the course I asked if anyone had anything to share about what they experienced and she walked up and said "thanks" to everyone for praying for her and her son. The care and love shown meant so much to her.
Valerija - "I've really experienced a change in my life. It's so great to have hope again and purpose."
Valerija went through an awful divorce several years ago that literally drove her to a nervous breakdown. She has been suffering mentally ever since and has had to have serious psychiatric treatment. Her attitude toward life is changing thanks to her new relationship with Christ. Please continue to pray that the Lord would completely heal her mind.
Slavica (our babysitter) - "No one has ever told us about these things we discussed. I'm really glad I was able to come to this course. It's helped me get a fuller picture of what Christianity really is."
We decided to have our last Alpha meeting with the church during our main Sunday service. The rest of the church got to meet our newest members of the family. It was a time of celebration! We were all so happy that we even did some Serbian Folk Dances at the end of the service!
Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoeboxes
Once again we had the opportunity to play "Santa Clause" to the children of Sombor. We distributed over 7,000 of Samaritan's Purse's "Christmas Shoeboxes" to elementary schools, pre-schools, various institutions like the "Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing," the local orphanage, the "Association for Sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis," etc. It brought mixed feelings watching poor children open the special gifts packed by children from richer countries.
The joy on their faces was indescribable! This is such a great highlight I love experiencing at the end of the year. We are planning on having distributions at the church with Christmas programs put on by Christian kids from Novi Sad. All of us will invite non-believing friends out for this event. Please pray that the Lord would touch the hearts of many through these gifts as He has already done time and time again. Parents ask quite often - "Who gave our children these gifts?" We then tell them, "Christians in the West that care about them." In such a poor country, it draws a lot of attention when somebody gives somebody else something for free. This is a really great testimony of the unconditional love of God.
Have a wonderful Christmas. Celebrate with great joy the arrival of our awesome Savior!
Love in Christ,
P.S. We really appreciate your prayers and support. Thanks for helping us get through another year of ministry! If some of you would like to support us and don't know how, just click on www.SerbianOutreach.com and follow the instructions under "Support Us!" If you have any friends that you think would be interested in getting involved in our ministry, feel free to give them this website address. Thanks again!