Today started very early since we had to be at the Bible School by 9. One of the areas of warfare we have fought this trip is trouble sleeping. So when we have an early morning it is a battle just to wake up. BUT GOD always gives grace and we thank Him for that.
The class today was a teaching on Biblical Counseling. Because it was only 4 hours long it was basically an introduction and we will follow up on this teaching when we return in the future. The pastor has asked us to recommend books they can order on the subject so we are going to put them in contact with the Biblical Counseling Foundation in Odessa that our friend Joe Propri relates with. They should have all the materials in Russian. Psychology is very imbedded over here so there is a lot of work to be done to get Christians focused back on the sufficiency of scriptures.
We had a free afternoon which was nice. PW studied for the coming week and then did little odd repair jobs around the center here to help them. Sherry was able to do laundry and study also. Plus now that we have Skype we were able to see and talk to our family which is always the highlight of every day here.
The enemy has hit Sherry a few times with physical things. The fall down the stairs last week and then today her jaw popped out of place. Not only is this very painful, but she cannot open her mouth (no comments please) to chew food. Please pray it pops back in , it could be a rather long week without food...:>)) Of course the bright side is that the weight that was gained from all the wonderful pastries will definetly fall off.
We want to leave you with a few scriptures we have been meditating on over here.
1 John 2:6 The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
1 John2:9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.
A big problem in this part of the world is that when a brother or sister is offended with someone, they walk away and do not talk or try to work things out. This is a serious situation. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord to be willing to walk as Jesus walked and to reconcile with those who have hurt them. True revival will not come to any group of people as long as they walk in this kind of manner.
Blessings on your Lords day. We love you, PW and Sherry