I was so encouraged when I saw what Doriana posted on Facebook after a women’s meeting in Mborje on Monday: “Ja dhe receten e ilaceve e morem sot haha receten per shqetesimin dhe merakun parashtrojani Jezusit keto dhe ai do jet nji ilac sherues per ne!!” (Here is prescription medication I got today: a prescription for concerns and worries to give these to Jesus and he will be a healing medication for us!!)
From getting closer to these women, I felt God leading me to address how to deal with feelings and to stop allowing our out of control emotions hinder our spiritual growth. I did some online searching and I found just the study for us. We will tackle a separate emotional hindrance each week and they will receive a “prescription” with Scriptures and practical steps to healing. Our last meeting we talked about the sickness of worry and this quote from Corrie Ten Boom meant a lot to the women.
Our meetings began last fall when God called me and gave me the courage to begin a women’s fellowship meeting for the church in Mborje. It started with sharing some American recipes, a devotional, and prayer. Then after just a few meetings, I ran out of appropriate recipes for the way they can cook (on a gas burner or fire) and the cost of ingredients. But they said they didn’t care and they wanted to gather anyway. They each took turns leading our devotionals – for some it was the first time they’d ever done something like that – and we just kept growing closer and being blessed.
In March we talked about celebrating Women’s Day on March 8th together. Usually women get dressed up and go out for coffee or dinner together, but I suggested something different and they got excited about it…a spa day. With the excellent help of Tasha, an American here for a short-term trip, we transformed the church’s meeting place to pamper the ladies for the afternoon. It was a terrific day! They’d never had anything like it and it was a joy to be able to serve them and spend the time together.
My language is by no means perfect, but these women have a hunger for the Word and authentic conversation and are patient with the mistakes I make. We really communicate well and we receive so much from the Word and relationship in our meetings. We are all growing, praise God! Please keep this group in prayer and pray that more women and families will become a part of the church through this ministry!