Wednesday, February 25, 2009
As previously noted, the past two months of 2009 have been full of wonder and amazement as God continues to reveal His work, glory, and guidance for Barberry. Because of the open hearts, two Bible studies have been started - a group Bible study and a one-on-one. These Bible studies have yielded to much interesting discussion with both believers and non. We've also been able to go to Clear Creek Community church with Mandie, our dear sister who will be baptized this upcoming Sunday (pictures are definitely to come)! Mandie also inspired a Women's Scrapbooking group to start - although we've only met twice (because we meet once a month), the times have been blessed and the group is growing.
As God continues working in our hearts and in the people around us, we are constantly reminded that prayer is very important and that all of our strength comes from Him. Please pray for Barberry - for us. Specifically so the Lord will continue guiding and giving His wisdom and revelation. As we continue on in these Bible studies, very interesting and difficult questions will continue to rise - many of which we are learning about ourselves in our walks. It is refreshing to hear the questions and thoughts of people who have not lived in the culture of the church all their lives. Please pray so the Lord will give us wisdom and boldness when answering the difficult questions we may have become numb to.
Also for the residents, please pray so hearts will continue to be softened. There is a woman I've met who has encountered a lot of death in the past two months. Two of her close friends died, one of which was a suicide. She came to a meal once and was eager to get involved, but since the deaths of her friends, her and her husband have stayed in their apartment. My prayer is that they will be comforted and their hearts will be softened to receive Christ's love.
Thanks so much for everyone who has been supporting Barberry in both prayer and time.