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Biannual newsletter of the European Baptist Women's Union

December 2007 issue
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Be quick to do good

"Trust in the Lord and do good" (Psalm 36:3). This Bible verse was the topic of the miniconference organised by the EBWU for women from the countries of the former Soviet Union in Chisinau. Moldavian women waited us with open heart. We arrived from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Chisinau was filled all of the beauty and taste of the automn sharing its caress sunshine. The yards around the homes were full with heavy, smelling brunches of grapes and the apple trees bent under their rich fruits. 

 

 Diana Kondratejeva

 

Our goal was to come closer in prayer, in God's love, to think and talk about what does it mean to do good nowadays, look up to Christ and stand firmly in his promises. The president of the Moldavian Baptist Union, Valeriu Ghiletchi opened this meeting. He draw our attention for a special woman from the Scripture: "And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God" (Luk 13:11–13). Jesus set us free, we are called to glorify his name. The seeds of his teaching were placed in every heart.



We continued our meeting acquainting the members of EBWU Committee. Than Ewa Gutkowska gave us a teaching in topic "Do good". She had some questions: What is the goal of doing good? Why does God wait for us to do good? What kind of good fruits may we bring to the Lord? For these questions we can find the answer in the Bible.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph 2:10).

So here is the answer: we are created in his own image to do good. To do good is God's law. The fruits of doing good are our relationships with sorrounding people, our acts and thoughts. But the most important fruits are the results of Holy Spirit in our heart.

Livija Lame from Latvia mentioned in her Bible study many Bible verses which are the principals to build up our life in Christ. She called us to put our faith deeply in the Lord. To trust means we put ourselves to his hand. She shared with us her own experience how God led her through the time of her husband's passing away. As we trust in the Lord we may have got his love towards other people. Livija emphasized: don't judge one another, but ask yourselves: What can I do for others? As we trust in the Lord in difficulties we'll get peace what we have to appreciate very much.

Aniko Ujvari from Hungary led a workshop. Are women today similar to their fellow sister whom the Proverbs 31 writes? To work on the texts easily we were divided into groups, sisters thought about their text, analysed it and adopted for their own life.


Jelena Boreckaja,
Diana Kondratejeva
and
Ljudmila Pavluchenko
from Russia
(left to right)

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Than the sisters from the above mentioned countries shared their testimonies and experiences on women's work. And from these testimonies came out the love of the sisters to our Lord, and their wishes to trust in Him and do good. We prayed in our own language and the Heavenly Father heard and understood our prayers.

Our special guest was Nadezda Komendant from Ukrain, in her testimony she said to do good means not to do bad. She told it is the elderly sisters' task to teach the younger ones. (Tit 2,3–5)

We felt through this meeting peace from God, his blessings upon us and the unity of the Spirit. Special thanks to Olga Mokan and the Moldavian sisters for their many kind of services. May God bless each sister who worked for this conference.

Diana Kondratejeva, Russia 


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