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Me and My Mama in Ministry

...GREAT! She joined right in taking turns reading, contributing to our discussion, giving examples, etc. During the Parenting Joy Group, she shared boldly with the moms the truth about our One and Only God, and how knowing Him makes all the difference in parenting. At the end she prayed for us...I thought it was an awesome example to hear this Japanese woman, who has followed Jesus with all of her heart her whole life, praying with power and confidence in the God who hears and cares.

For the second-grade-mom's group (from Ellie's class at CAJ), there were only 3 ladies who came, plus me, and my mom. We realized that we were all Christian mothers in that room. At first I was bummed that we didn't have any non-believers in the group that morning, but realized that for that particular day, it was a good thing. Our sharing time was Christ centered and very encouraging. Once again, I was glad to have my ministry-mama in the group. (Do pray that the pre-Christian moms in Ellie's class will come next month!)

Then both my mom and dad sat in on the Marriage Joy Group. Just the fact that they have been married for 46 years is great enough, but knowing that their marriage has been blessed because they both know and love Jesus is what makes it so amazing. It wasn't because they showed "gaman" (grin and bear it), nor was it their spirit of "ganbaru" (persevering through effort). They talked about how utterly and completely different they are as people. But the common bond that holds them together is their relationship with Jesus Christ. They both are loved and forgiven by God, and have a passion to tell others about Him. That is what binds them together in a strand that will never be broken.

I am very glad that my parents got to see the faces of our precious friends here!

 

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