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Burundi conference is in full swing…..by Betsy

Amahora! Hello from Burundi!!  I sit here before this computer speechless because there is just too much that I want to be able to tell each of you reading this! What an incredible privilege and honor it is to be here as a minister of the gospel of Christ.  Thank you so much to everyone who has made this possible and to everyone who has been praying for us!

We have had an incredible day 2 of the conference.  The men taught on why God allows evil and suffering in the world, healing from grief and trauma and forgiveness. The women taught on servant leadership and marriage.  We have seen the men and women at the conference open up already about the struggles in the their lives and it is so encouraging to see their faithfulness in suffering.  And the way that they are wanting to honor the Lord with how they respond to the people in their lives who have caused them pain.

The men broke into smaller groups where the pastors shared trauma that they had not yet healed from, offenses which they have committed against others and need to seek forgiveness and reconciliation for, and offenses that were committed against them and their families which they felt moved to forgive.

Romans 1:11-12 says that “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong–that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”  And I can’t express to you how true these verses are proving to be true here in Burundi.  We have been teaching them numerous topics from parenting to leadership to forgiveness and in turn we have learned so much from them in just 2 days time.  I have learned from the women that….

….. possessing God’s written Word is an absolute treasure that I should never take for granted.

…..possessions and nice things do not lead to joy.  I know this because the joy that is present when they break out in song is one of the most beautiful and contagious gifts I have ever been given.

…that faithfulness to the Lord is possible even in the midst of impossible situations

….that through Jesus, our greatest suffering can be turned into growth and joy

…..that God’s love and goodness is the greatest power that men and women will ever be able to experience

….that God is continually working miracles in the lives of men and women all over the globe who love and trust in Him alone.

There is so much more that we can’t wait to tell you about when we get home! But for now, just remember that God is SO good!!  I hope and pray that each of you reading this will know and understand God’s great love for you today.  We love and miss you all!

Betsy

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  1. Benon Feb 15th 2017 at 11:01 am

    Love this Betsy! Praying for you and the team this morning.

  2. kristin don Feb 16th 2017 at 12:12 am

    love love love this

    esp your takeaways so far

    imagining wonderful things, beautiful people, vibrant joy, and tell us about the children! are families there or just the adult leaders!?

    love you all!! praying.
    -kd

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