Conference 2009

2009 – Daughters of impact

430 women gathered together in Sarajevo, BiH. This year we also had women from Austria & Hungary. As daughters of value who are full of faith and strength, we need to become women of impact; impacting families, churches, communities, work places etc. Once again we used the Word of God to teach from. This year was a very significant year for the conference, we took up and offering to sow into another nation, rather than always receiving, God is now taking us to a new level. We gave a donation to “Footprints in Africa” and with that donation a children’s feeding program was started.

Conference 2008

2008 – Daughters of faith and strength

220 women from nations of former Yugoslavia gathered in Vukovar, Croatia. The time they learned again through the Word of God that not only are they valued, but they can be women full of faith and strength. It was also a time of reconciliation between the different nations and ethnic groups. The conference ended with pastors’ wives from one nation asking forgiveness on behalf of their nation. It was a very powerful time; God did an amazing work

Conference 2007

70 women from the nations of former Yugoslavia gathered together in Fuzine, Croatia. It was a precious time of showing them through the Word of God that they are of great value to Him and indeed if they have a relationship with Jesus, then they are “Daughters of the King.

O holy night

O holy night

Recently I was diagnosed with an ailment that was causing me constant pain in my knee, a slight limp and worrisome thoughts that I might need some type of surgery or serious medications.  Once defined as a common but painful situation I was relieved but still anxious.  I shared my plight with a few friends and immediately they all voiced ideas and one said, “Oh, I had that and I got over it ; you will too”.  I immediately felt lighter and a sense of hope.

One of the world’s most loved Christmas carols, “O, Holy Night”  has the line. “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!”.   I understand a little better the idea of “A thrill of hope”.  Things will get better, the future is brighter, wounds will be made whole, illnesses healed.  Yonder, in the manger lies the answer, a new and glorious morn!  It was the night of our dear Saviors birth!   No matter how long we have lain in our sin and error , HE has appeared, and our souls are worthy through HIM!!  Trust in this Child of the virgin, this sacrifice of the cross!  There is the thrill of hope for all our situations.  They will either be resolved here or in eternity.  You will “get over it’ like my unexpected diagnosis, the pain will be relieved in time.  God’s time.
So, even though I will need to carefully fall on my knees, I want to proclaim with those angel voices, “O night divine, O, Holy Night, when Christ was born!!

I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day

While preparing for Christmas I have carols playing continually to keep me moving and inspired.  I love to catch some of the phrases in my mind and focus on what the writers were expressing from their hearts.   Two verses from ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” caught my attention and stirred my soul. The last two verses  say,   ” Then in despair I bowed my head, ‘there is no peace on earth’  I said. For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, goodwill to men.  Then pealed the bells more loud and deep GOD IS NOT DEAD nor doth He sleep, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

Penned by Longfellow in  1863, its sentiments could have been written this year.  Many times the events of our nations cause us to bow our heads in despair, the situations in our families cause heart break and the sin in our own lives mocks back at us that hate is strong.  But God didn’t leave His creation there.  In the manger was provided the  “right that will prevail”.  The Son of God was given who can restore nations, mend brokenness and forgive and heal from personal guilt.  From that night of the nativity there is a hope that causes us to raise our heads and peal the bells loud and deep!  God is not dead, nor doth He sleep!   Joy to the World, our Lord has come!!!


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