Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
In February I received an email from Denise Graziano, a missionary wife in Estonia, inquiring about the possibility of coming to Estonia to conduct a ladies' retreat. The more we communicated it became obvious that a family retreat would be even better than a ladies' retreat. I talked to Tom about the possibility and he was all for it. So the planning began. We planned sessions for the family, ladies, men, couples, teens and children. We invited some of our own people to come along (at their own expense!!)to help. Bob and Jenny Richards, former members of RRBC, were visiting us when we committed to conduct the retreat. We casually asked them if they would like to come back over and help with the retreat and to our surprise they said, YES!!
So, on Wednesday, May 25, our team of 7 met at the church at 4:30 a.m. to drive to the airport in Frankfurt to fly to Tallin, Estonia. Bob and Jenny flew from San Antonia. Two days before we were to leave I came down with a terrible stomach virus and was unable to go. Needless to say there were many tears, but I know God makes no mistakes and so we just rested in Romans 8:28.
The retreat was blessed by God more than we could have imagined. God used each member of the team in a special way. The testimonies of the missionaries confirmed that the retreat was indeed in God's will. One of the missionaries told Tom, "This has been greatly needed....it has been a revival!" Another missionary sent this email to me:
"I wanted to give you an email with some feedback, but it would take all day to count all the blessings from the two days we had with your husband and the team. My husband and I were revived, recharged, and we repented. God also healed some hurts that had burdened our hearts for nearly two years. I haven’t felt what it is to have a burden lifted like that! Wow! The fire is once again burning within, and ever since Friday have been acutely aware of fanning those fires with edifying conversation, loving each other, and getting our spiritual priorities in sync".
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!
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Tony Mabbitt came along to help in any way he was needed. What a blessing he was! He assisted in the children's program, music and clean-up.
Dave and Shannon Panjwani and their two children, Alyssa and Jacob, were in charge of the children's classes. The Panjwani family has a heart for missions and missionaries and each of them has a servant's heart. Dave is an executive with John Deere, Shannon is a teacher and they are invaluable in the ministry of RRBC.
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Robert Locklear, our summer intern from Crown College, was a tremendous blessing to the teenagers.
Bob and Jenny Richards, former members of RRBC, came all the way from San Antonia, TX to help. They were in charge of the music, taught a couple's class and Jenny filled in for me in a ladies' session.
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