But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 23: Kindness
Uzbekistan – As the ripples in a pool spread from a tossed stone, so do the impact of women’s conferences grow into ever-widening circles, giving hope and changing lives through the love of Christ.
Several years ago some Central Asian Christian women gained the vision for starting work among women in situations of domestic abuse, trafficking and prostitution. As they shared all they had learned with the women in their area, they realized that this was just the start. Plans were drawn, teaching resources were acquired and local churches were equipped to deepen the education through a training conference.
As lives began changing, the group of women decided to host another conference. Those attending the conference a second time witnessed God’s healing power and were greatly encouraged by the prayer and companionship of the other women in attendance. Three young Uzbek women who had been to the first conference were eager to return and be part of the prayer team. A pastor’s wife, who spent three years in prison where she became a Christian, shared that before she attended, she had wanted to minister to women in prisons, but she didn’t know how to start. After attending the conference she said, “Now I know how to minister to women. Thank you for this opportunity to learn so much.”
Over the month of August, Open Doors ministry has a special mission they are encouraging all to partake in. “During the month of Ramadan, from August 1-30, 2011, Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians living in Islamic dominated countries… praying specifically for God to fill and strengthen them with the ‘Fruit of the Spirit.’ This ‘fruit’ embodied in each believer; molds, shapes and transforms us – expressing the image of His Son. And through this image, shining through a believer, God draws people to salvation.”
I signed up for their daily prayer emails for this mission. Each day, they send an account of a Christian who is living in Islamic-dominated countries. I pray this will help us to remember to pray for those who are ministering to hearts in foreign countries with the gospel.
“Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles, training Christian leaders, developing Christian communities and ensuring prayer, presence and advocacy for these suffering believers.” (www.OpenDoorsUSA.org)