The Gentle Servant
Luke 9:52 “And He sent messengers ahead of Him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for Him.”
During the decades of serving in missions I rejoiced at being accompanied by wonderful Christians who have never been in the limelight but without their great devotion and outstanding attitude the preaching of the Gospel and winning souls for Christ would have been impossible.
Brother Viktor from the Ukraine is such a person with an outstanding spirit. When fellow missionaries purchased a house for the headquarters of our organization in his town, Viktor started to volunteer there and became an indispensable worker. He has shown love towards the LORD, towards his church and also towards the mission work. He delights to help others and has regularly found opportunity to do so.
When the office got a stencil machine, he has learned how to use it in order to print Bible lessons for children. He has willingly packed parcels with tools for evangelistic outreaches and brought them to the post office in order to supply the mission teams around the country.
He has collected people from the train station or at the airport. If a storm or the snow has caused damage around the office building, he was there to fix things. He went to help if any of the team members had to relocate.
The LORD Jesus was surrounded besides the 12 disciples by many servants like brother Viktor who willingly accepted less attractive but very necessary tasks. Our Bible text has called such servants “angelos”, messengers. Since the LORD Jesus, on His way to Jerusalem, planned to stop in Samaria these servants were willing to be sent in order to find a place for the entire group and to announce the arrival of the Master also. Luke reveals the hardship of such a ministry, since the Samaritans refused to host them. Not seldom are opposition and disappointment the payment for faithful servants.
There is a place for each of us in the great team of the Master Teacher if we are willing to become gentle servants!
For Christ, Sebastian Edelmann
Daily Prayer Guide
Please pray for wisdom in contacting churches to plan summer ministries like 5-Day Clubs® and Holiday Bible Clubs. Plans will be finalized this month.
Continue to pray for a potential worker who will be able to coordinate the ministry of CEF. Due to COVID-19, it was not possible to make new visits to contact interested Christians last year.
Pray that believers in many cities will want to reach more children with the Gospel. Pray they will be interested in training to reach children more effectively.
Pray for the online/live Teaching Children Effectively™ (TCE™) training courses which are currently organized in different areas. Pray the teachers will want to start GNCs right after they are finishing the course.
Pray that the LORD will make it possible to hold the Children’s Ministry Leadership Course starting in June. Pray also for new, well-prepared, workers for the ministry.
Praise the LORD for the religious freedom in our country. We have open doors to go to public schools and to do open-air evangelism. Now because of the pandemic, all these doors are closed. Please pray that the critical situation with COVID in our country will stop and the doors for evangelism will be open again.
We have some children who do the mailbox-lessons (by regular mail or email). The online participation is, unfortunately, not so great. We aren’t sure if we should continue with it. Probably children prefer more videos than texts. Please pray for all the mailbox-children, that they may have patience and joy, as they discover the Word of God.
Projects to pray for
Every Child in Europe is a project of Children Evangelism Fellowship of
Europe in order to promote some of the giving opportunities within the
mission. All finances given through www.everychildineurope.com are used for evangelising children in Europe (unless stated otherwise).
Bereg Camp is a Christian camp, run by Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®).
Bereg Camp It is situated in Western Ukraine close to Beregszász, on a beautiful sunny hill, surrounded by forests and vineyards. The goal of the Bereg Camp is: to provide full accommodation for groups of children and adults in Christian environment to know the message of Salvation and experience a Christian fellowship.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.