Climate change… 5 years ago when I arrived at Christian Embassy, there was a vibrant ministry among believing diplomats, mostly from African nations. There was very little that we offered that would appeal to non-believers. In order to reach out to the majority of UN diplomats, we needed to create something that would meet a felt need…thus, the International Transitions class was born. The Transitions class is made up primarily of non-believers who come to learn how to live and thrive cross-culturally; specifically focusing on the living in the U.S. Our goal is to meet a felt need, build relationships and lead them to a relationship with God. I’m thrilled to share IT IS WORKING!! As my colleague and I meet one on one with the women, they are opening up their lives and spiritual journeys. We’ve had many opportunities to share the Gospel. Several have indicated decisions for Christ and we are doing follow-up with them. Here are a couple of stories…
EASTERN EUROPE— A few weeks ago we invited a life coach in to discuss obstacles to reaching goals. Although a very secular discussion, at one point the topic turned to negative thoughts. I shared Philippians 4:8 with the class. One of the wives teared up and asked, “Karen, do you really think it is possible to change your thoughts about yourself?” We talked after class and R shared about her abusive childhood and how she always believed she was no good. I told R what GOD said about her and ﬁnding her self-worth and identity in Him. I asked her to memorize Philippians 4:8. The next week she came to class and pulled the verse out of her pocket. She exclaimed, “KAREN, GOD’S WORD IS BECOMING LIKE COMPASS FOR ME SHOWING ME WHERE TO LOOK AND HOW TO THINK.” His word is powerful and true and able to pierce the heart. Pray that R continues to ﬁnd her identity in Christ as we meet with her.
NORTHERN EUROPE— Last week while meeting to go over her goals, M began to cry. Thru her tears she shared the marital difficulties she and her husband were experiencing. I comforted her and explained what forgiveness looks like. This led to a spiritual discussion why we can forgive because we have been forgiven.. M and I are now meeting weekly to go over Biblical truths. Please pray that she will be grounded in truth and for healing in her marriage. Pray for wisdom as we meet!
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