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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Relationship Is Where It's At

This is what I know about Serbia. God loves her. He's called me to love her too. Relationship is the best way to make a difference. That's all I've got.

It may seem like an overly simple way to go about making a difference but that's how I'm going to roll!

There is no doubt that God has called my heart to lean in close and watch what he's doing in Serbia. No doubt he has initiated relationships I couldn't even fathom.

I'm not an organizer or administrator. I've tried to organize a response to the needs of the institutionalized in Serbia but honestly it's just been spinning wheels. So I'm going back to what I know. Relating.

As God tunes my heart more to his and teaches me to walk in step with him he makes the path clear. This July I've been invited to be a part of a team that just excites me to no end. I'm joining up with SOZO worship festival to be a part of loving Serbia and equipping the church to worship God through action.

I will travel with a team from the US to meet up with a group of people from around the world coming together in worship. Along with that we will reach out to the staff of Dom Veternik and hopefully city officials to show our respect and appreciation.

One of my personal goals for this trip, that I would love for you to join me in prayer for, is to find a local Christian to become a part of the vision of Mercy's Refuge. It would be so helpful to have someone in Serbia to work on that end to build relationships and take care of practical details. I'm praying that God would clearly orchestrate our meeting this summer.

Which brings me to another dream. More relationship, on a larger scale! I would love to pair families in America and Serbia with a child or adult in the mental institution. My dream is to provide the sponsor family with a picture and basic information of a resident. They would then send letters, small gifts, and a small donation to help provide for that resident's needs, and most importantly pray for them.

I don't know of a better way to improve someone's life, and for us to be more like Jesus, than to engage in relationship. Of course there is no doubt that this dream has all kinds of challenges to overcome and details to be worked out. But think of the possibilities. Taking someone who for years has been virtually invisible and then to bring them into a family as it were, to be loved, cared for, prayed over, and valued. Investment, even from a distance is worthwhile and I believe a great change agent.

What do you think? Would you be willing to be a part of that type of relationship building?

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