Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bulgaria Update - February 2014

Dear churches and Praying Friends,      
"Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much"  (Luke 7:47)
Greetings in the name of the Lord and our redeemer.  We've had a mild winter in Bulgaria; there's only been one snow storm that kept the roads closed for a week or so.  Other than that, we've been able to make it to all of our regular meetings.  In recent weeks there have been a couple of people saved, and others strengthened in the faith. 
Recently we saw a wonderful display of love for the Lord.  In a village to the north of us, there is a 60+ year old woman who has been a believer for several years.  Now she is unable to walk.  During the meeting this woman came crawling from her house into the church house (about 100 yards)!  When she got through the door, she had an extra skirt to put on top of her regular clothes, which were by then dirty.  She came into the meeting and requested that we sing number 11 in the hymn book.  That song says, "Jesus saved me that I might go to him.  Jesus saved me that I might see him."  Two weeks ago we had a meeting in Dabravino with believers from several village churches attending.  While he was preaching Brother Cheatwood said, "Some people claim to be saved, but don't even come to church.  I want to ask them, 'If your faith can't even bring you to the local church, what makes you think your faith will take you to all the way to heaven?"  Well, I believe that this sister that crawled through the dirt and mud to be in the Lord's house certainly has a faith that will take her to the Father's house one day.
In one of our new meetings a woman testified of how God had answered her first prayer.  She told the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15, but in her case, it was a prodigal daughter.  Not long after this woman started coming to church, her daughter left her husband and two children and ran away with another man.  The family was devastated; it seemed nothing could be done to reach her.  So, as we taught the new believers about prayer she decided that she would pray for her daughter.  Then, in January the girl came home one day.  She said that they had had a big New Year’s Eve party, and after the party was over she sat down and thought about her life.  "What am I doing here?", she said to herself, "I've got a husband and two children."  As soon as she could, she made her way home and begged forgiveness.  The little church was thrilled to hear how God had worked in the girl's life through the prayers. 
Please continue to pray for us as we persevere in preaching the gospel and establishing the new believers in the faith.  One by one we see them coming to know the Lord.  We trust that our preaching coupled with your prayers will bring more people to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre

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