year April 3-10 we chose Larnaca on the Island of Cyprus, in the
Mediterranean as our place of meeting. It was a good place for
the Middle East Countries sisters to be able to attend.
the weekend there was a conference, where participated sisters
from Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Iraq. The theme of
the conference was 'Working Together for Christ'.
It was a special time as we used Bible study, prayer and work
groups to learn how to be a blessing to those next to us,
our neighbours. It was an amazing fellowship time that the
Holy Spirit gave us. We have heard marvellous testimonies
of what God is doing in different lives and different countries.
Jamilli from Lebanon is blind since she was 12, but God spoke
to her, made her His daughter, giving her an amazing gift of singing.
EBWU Committee president Ewa Gutkovska was speaking us about her
trips. Other sisters shared about associations they are in contact
with, and we prayed for them.
Participants of the Middle Eastern
sisters in Europe and across the borders of Europe, you are in
our prayers. Planning the Women's Leadership Conference in Birmingham
took a lot of time, but we hope to see many of you at the conference
our greatest meeting will be in November 7th, 2005, at World Baptist
Prayer day 'Seeing With New Eyes', this time prepared
by the representatives of our Committee. Let us meet each other
at the Throne of King Jesus !
|Echoes of the Middle Eastern
The sea was
brilliantly shining in the sun as our plane approached to
the island. In my thoughts I was flying back to centuries
ago. Apostle Paul has also visited this island.
the representatives of the European Baptist Sisters, we
were also visiting this island waiting with Christ's love
for our Middle Eastern sisters.
the city - rows of palm trees, orange and lemon trees, all full
of fruits. A wonderful scene. Lord do you find any fruit in my
life? - I was asking to myself. But more beautiful is, when our
sisters from different countries came, and greeted each other
with love, though we never met before. We wonder again and again
how beautiful is when we, God's children, can feel from the very
first look that we belong to the same Father. His love embraces
us and binds us together. Our sisters with radiant black eyes
received us into their friendship during two days and we prayed
and talked freely.
might quote the psalmist "How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1),
how beautiful is when sisters are together, in the presence of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Our sisters came from different countries,
different life circumstances, but as God's redeemed children,
we all shared the same Spirit.
were looking for answers in the theme of "Working for
Christ" based on Heb 13:20-21 and 1Cor
- Who can work
- Why should we
serve Christ, work for Him?
- What can we
do (work) for Him?
- How should we
work for Him?
- The consequences
of the work for Christ in my life (John 12,26)
for ourselves and for each other strengthened in us the desire:
to serve Christ with joy, and faithfulness by the place that He
has established for us: in the family, among women, maybe helping
ill or elder people, or in difficult circumstances. To work with
Him and work for Him. This work brings us joy that nothing else
two days passed quickly. We had to take leave. Maybe I will never
meet again on earth the warm-hearted Middle Eastern sisters -
I was reflecting to myself. But we said good bye to each other
with the hope, that if we will not meet here on earth, we will
meet in Heaven. And until that we will meet many times in soul,
praying for each other.
friends from Europe and other continents. It is a special grace
that we can serve to Christ. Let us do it with joy, as long as
we have time.