Monday, July 9, 2012

Cherished Moments

June 2012
Supporter Update

2 Timothy 1: 6-10
“For this reason I remind you to FAN INTO FLAME the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of POWER, of LOVE, and of SELF-DISCIPLINE. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has SAVED us and CALLED us to a holy life – not because of anything WE have done but because of HIS own PURPOSE and GRACE.”

God really used this passage to speak to my heart, mind, and spirit this month. It’s such a wonderful challenge to keep on strengthening and using the gifts and talents God has given me. It’s also a beautiful reminder that God not only saved us by His grace, but He calls each and every one of us to a specific and unique plan that He is in full control of. And it’s a blessed encouragement to know that He pours His power, love, and wisdom upon us daily in order to fulfill His Will for us.

I’d love to share with you all some of the highlight events from this month:

Honeymoon – Maba and I enjoyed lots of quality time during our honeymoon. We spent some time at a little island resort doing some different activities such as snorkeling and visiting underwater caves. Then we stayed at a classy resort, which provided such a relaxing atmosphere with amazing ocean views and entertainment.

Birthday – On June 23rd I celebrated my 26th birthday! It was a wonderful conclusion to our honeymoon. Maba treated me like a total princess! I praise God for another year in my life!

EE Interns Course – Maba and I joined the Interns group at the EE Training Centre on June 25th as leaders. There is a group of 24 young people from the USA, Canada, Australia, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia, and Romania here for 6 weeks to equip themselves as witnesses for Christ, seek out God’s calling for their lives, and build on their spiritual gifts and strengths. It has been such a wonderful privilege for us to fellowship with them through teaching, sharing, prayer, and outreach. We have also been helping with the planning, organizing, and catering for the whole team, which keeps us very busy! hehe And God has been using Maba and I to encourage and challenge each individual with our testimonies and ministries in order to help them grow in their faith. God has also used us to speak into their lives in specific ways. It’s a great blessing to do ministry side by side with my husband and invest in young people in different ways.

Vanuatu – We traveled with the Interns group to Vanuatu (less than 2 hour flight) for one week where we conducted an Adult/Youth EE Clinic and Hope for Kids Workshop in one of the largest villages in this nation. This was Maba’s 1st overseas mission trip, so it was a huge learning and growing experience for him. He was emotional at the airport and as the plane left the ground just praising God for His goodness and promises. It was precious for me to see my husband be stretched in his faith and see God work in another culture. He connected with the locals and had a great time! We also spent time with people we consider family: Serai, Sally (one of my best friends who was a bridesmaid), and Sally’s little girl Jen which was so good for us.
 While leading the Hope for Kids workshop we had an OJT outreach. We were only expecting 30 – 40 children, but we ended up with 285 students from a primary school!!! And everyone of those students heard the Gospel. Over 100 of them prayed to receive Christ that afternoon!

This month I reflected on God’s faithfulness in a deep way for several reasons:

*June 29, 2012 marked 3 years in Fiji as a full-time missionary!*

*This week marks 3 years since Maba and I met!*

Something really cool:
3 years ago Maba and I met in a large village during an EE clinic in Fiji. The same week 3 years later we were together as a married couple in a large village doing an EE clinic during a mission trip outside of Fiji! It’s amazing things that God begins, He indeed carries out into completion!

Upcoming Events:
·      Community Project in Vunato settlement (July 11)
·      EE Clinic in Lautoka with the Interns (July 16-19)
·      Youth Leadership Training Workshop (July 20-21)
·      Energy, strength, and good health for Maba and I as we continue to lead and help during the Interns Course
·      Down time and quality time together for me and Maba as newlyweds
·      Continuing to serve and build up young people in their faith
Thank you for partnering with me in helping declare the name of Jesus in the Islands! The Pacific is hungry for the Gospel and through your prayer and financial support we are able to show and share the good news of Christ! I am hope you are blessed and encouraged by all God is doing. Please continue to pray for me, Maba, and this ministry. If you feel led to give additionally or renew support please refer to the info below!

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In His Grace,
Sarah Abadines

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