News and Views
Editors: Margaret Brown
and Wies Dikstra

Biannual newsletter of the European Baptist Women's Union
Winter Edition 2010-2011
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Dear sisters,

The joy of the LORD is your strength
Look up with faith
Look back with gratitude
Look around with love!

As I‘m writing this letter snowflakes are fall-ing down and frost is biting our part of the world - Europe. We are having a very beauti-ful and white winter, sometimes there is even more snow than we can handle. But then in other moments it rains; we have experienced rain and ice, but also flooding in other plac-es.

Livija Lame
Our beloved sisters and brothers from Australia are asking for our intercession that the floods would cease.

There are many events both natural surprises and fights amongst people that cause huge suffering and pain. Circumstances around us are not easy very often, but there is a different life, energy and presence in us: the presence of Christ that gives strength, peace and joy when our human abilities fail.

"Peace I leave with you"
, Jesus says. (John 14:27 NIV)
The joy of the Lord is my strength.

I thank all women from 27 countries who attended our conference in Budapest at the end of last year. It was indeed a blessing to meet, learn and pray. I am glad that we established friendship that continues. For me personally it is easier to pray, when thinking of you. I know more about your country and ministry now. From all of my heart I thank you for Prayer Day reports and donations that we have received. May God bless every small coin you have given! We don‘t give out of abundance, but we give because we love and want to share the love in practical ways. We want to con-tinue to support Women‘s and Children‘s Ministries in Belarus, Poland and other countries. Please share your needs and projects with us.

Women‘s Ministry in Ukraine are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Latvia is celebrating it next year, and many former Soviet Union countries have jubilees such as this in coming years. Ways to serve change in time, but the need stay‘s the same - to encourage, motivate, teach women with love and creativity to minister to other women in their environment who have not heard of God‘s love. May we stay in the leadership of the Holy Spirit being creative and obedient, this is the best way to reach people for Christ.

March 15th-20th, EBWU Committee meeting in Wales, please pray for our meeting.
March 24th-25th Celebration of 20 years of Women‘s ministry in Ukraine, let us pray for them!
April 8th-12th EBF Executive meeting in Belfast, please pray.
October 6th-9th, 2011 EBWU Conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

Here is a story that encouraged me to look in perspective:

"One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad." "Did you see how the poor people live?" the father asked. "Oh yeah," said the son. "So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father. The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog, they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."
The boy‘s father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are." Isn‘t perspective a wonderful thing? It makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worry-ing about what we don‘t have. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!"

Let the love of Christ fill us in abundance, restore and give new eyesight to life and people! And above all may we see how great our God is!

In Christ's love
Yours, Livija Lame

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