This year Martin especially sensed God's hand in his life. Having fled Rumania in the 1980's, risking being shot by a communist border guard, he prayed. During his baptismal testimony, Martin states: "Looking back, God was always closer than I realized at the time." He was baptized on his 50th birthday. His mother who had prayed for him for many decades was in attendance to witness this step of obedience.
On Dec. 23rd we celebrated a Persian new year and Christmas. At the conclusion of the evening, Hamid requested the opportunity to speak and explain the message of Christmas. What a clear and pointed message it was! He explained that God moved Joseph and Maria to Bethlehem by circumstances to unfold the story of redemption. He we on to get very pointed: You came to Germany looking for a new start in your life (political or religious asylum) - God brought you here for His redemptive purposes, don't miss that! I was so thrilled to hear his clarity.
In December I also had the privelage to preach again via Skype. At the conclusion of the message, many people responded to the call to place their trust in Jesus’ work on the cross and obey His word.
Praise: New stability in the Persian refugee group following leadership change.
Prayer: Our January church-planters conference - that attendees will be encouraged and equipped.