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Friday, May 04, 2007

A Wonderful Gift

It's 11:00 PM and we just returned from a visit to the drug rehab center outside of town. These young women and men have so many questions about faith in Christ! It is a real joy to be able to teach them every week and to watch the changes taking place in their lives. We were both overwhelmed tonight as we saw them worshipping God with their entire being during the praise and worship time.

Tonight we were teaching on the subject "The Power of the Blood of Jesus". At one point, while we where answering questions we were talking about the forgiveness of Christ. I felt the Holy Spirit lead me to deal with the seriousness of sin and the depth of Christ' forgiveness by using abortion as an example.

Whenever you speak to a group of Russian people you can be pretty sure that several of them have been involved in abortion. Such was the case tonight. After the meeting two people, a young man and a young woman came to us and asked that we pray for them. The young man had had a girlfriend whom he encouraged to abort two of his children and the young woman had had at least one abortion. They both knew that they had repented and that their sin had been dealt with, but they wanted to tell us as a public confession and ask us to pray for the effects of the abortions. Of course we did so asking God to bring a complete sense of forgiveness and turn what the enemy meant to be destructive into an example of the grace and mercy of God. We were all close to tears during the prayer time.

Afterwards we were given a Christian postcard by the group. On the back they had written the thanks to us for being their teachers and their desire that we continue to teach them and encourage them in their new faith. This is one of the most meaningful gifts we have ever received.

It is a privilege to be here, teaching the Word of God to these young people whom were so close to death and destruction. Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement and support. Without it we could not be here today.

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