Promises, Promises

Be careful what you promise!

When I started SaveOne, I remember promising God I would go wherever, speak to whomever, and do whatever it takes to get the job done. That “job” you might ask? Seeing abortion end in my country and around the world. Making a promise like that was easy when it was made at an altar, knelt down on padded carpet floors, in a comfortable climate controlled building. The whole premise of that promise sounds romantic and adventurous. But when push comes to shove, does that promise mean traveling to dangerous places?

Of course it does. When the doors opened to share my heart in the Middle East, I wasn’t as thrilled as I had been for opportunities in Europe, where nice hotels are plentiful and Europeans with a heart like mine reside.

Armenia? I don’t even know where that is on the map! Seriously…I had to Google it. When I saw their borders included Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, and Russia I was a little less than thrilled about the promise I had made when I started my mission.

Jack and Sheila with Vardan and Naira in Armenia, holding the Armenian translation of the men's and women's SaveOne studies
Jack and Sheila with Vardan and Naira in Armenia, holding the Armenian translation of the men’s and women’s SaveOne studies

My husband and I returned from Armenia just 5 days ago. It was thrilling, and at the same time so incredibly humbling that God even allowed me to go and meet the beautiful people of this nation. Once I arrived and started experiencing the culture and seeing the great need for SaveOne in this country I was ecstatic God made a way for me to live out my promise. We are already planning our return in 2017. So be careful not to carelessly make promises to God—be ready to keep them because He will challenge you.

This trip included the first ever SaveOne Europe Summit. Sonja Horswell (our SaveOne Europe Director) and her team did a fantastic job of bringing together 12 European nations who are all teaching SaveOne. What an awesome moment for our ministry as we saw firsthand the lives being changed, and abortion being stopped around our world. All of this happens because YOU give, YOU pray, YOU encourage us, and YOU are getting people into these classes to hear of God’s truth, grace, and forgiveness after abortion.

Sonja Horswell, the SaveOne Europe Director, kicking off the SaveOne Europe Summit in Vienna, Austria.
Sonja Horswell, the SaveOne Europe Director, kicking off the SaveOne Europe Summit in Vienna, Austria.

I believe the lives of the American team we took over there will be forever changed because of all they saw God is doing through SaveOne. Thank you for making this happen!

We are adding chapters of SaveOne weekly, and we want to add even more! If you or your church wants to teach SaveOne as a small group study, we have information to give you. Please contact us and we will send you a pastor’s packet either electronically, or through snail mail. We have done the homework for you, so starting a chapter of SaveOne is extremely easy!

One of the ways you can support SaveOne without costing you anything is to sign up at Amazon Smiles and name SaveOne as your charity. Be sure to check the one in Hendersonville, TN. Every time you shop on Amazon Smiles a portion of your purchase will go to SaveOne!

Thank you for all you do to help SaveOne. We appreciate you more than you can possibly imagine.

 

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