Moores in Macedonia: September 2019
Hi everyone, here are some highlights from the past few weeks in Macedonia:
In the community
It has been wonderful over the past few weeks to be able to get to know a few more of the people living in our local area. These connections have been made by Katie being out and about in our local area home educating the children. Kristen is now being home schooled full time which is a big change for us all, but it has created fresh opportunities for us to connect with people in the community and we have been overwhelmed by the hospitality of those who have generously invited us into their homes.
On the streets
We have continued our work in the drug rehab centre, although the numbers are lower than previously due to an increased police presence in the area. The police are happy for us to speak to those present but naturally not as many people want to hang around! It has been amazing to see what God is doing in peoples lives that we get to join in with. One couple that Katie was speaking to were somewhat dismissive of the idea that Jesus is God. The following week they came back to her to report that God was speaking to them through dreams and invited Katie and Vladko to come to their home and share more about Jesus!
What we are learning is that when people see what the bible says and compare it with some of the practices of the orthodox church, the two do not match. Our aim is to get the bible into people’s hands and invite them into a journey of discovering who God really is.
We are really excited for our upcoming mission trip to Romania which will be from the 23rd to the 30th of November. We will be taking five members of the Oaza church to join the Elim Missions team in Sardu, where we will be joining in with their work with children in the village and in the local Roma community. There are a number of challenges that the team members need to overcome to be able to attend the trip as getting time off work here is not as straightforward as it is in the UK and they will also need to do some fundraising. When we announced the trip we invited people to ask the question ‘Does God want you on this trip?’ We believe that for those for whom the answer was ‘yes’ God will make a way for them and provide for their needs.
“Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9)
We are always happy to welcome teams and individuals to come and join in with the work here in Macedonia. Recently we had Jamie Lavery and Mark Savage, ministers of Elim Crawley and Elim Formby join us and they joined with our work at the rehab centre and on the streets and really make a difference. They were able to pray for healing for some people and made a big contribution to sharing the gospel and speaking into people’s lives. Sometimes we can think we don’t have anything to give but it seems to us that when we make ourselves available to God he uses us to help build his kingdom.
In April 2019 there will be a team coming from Elim as part of the Aspire Women’s ministry. If you would like to join in with that trip (you need to be female!) please contact Mandy Campbell at the Missions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Mandy will be able to give you all the information you need.
Thank you to all of you who pray for us. Please would you keep the following in your prayers:
Please give thanks for the progress we have seen in the local community. Please pray that we will be able to get regular engagement from people in the word of God.
Please pray for those who are inviting us into their homes, that people would receive Jesus.
Pray for the forthcoming mission to Romania that the practicalities will be sorted and that we will be a blessing to that community and see fruit.
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Ian, Katie, Kristen and Josiah.