We let the women know this decision was coming.
We gave them days to think about it. As the question hung in the air, we prayed. Will they do it, Lord? Help them do it, Lord.
“Will you take what you learned and pass it on to others? Will you be a disciple who makes disciples of Jesus? If yes, please stand before God and make a commitment.”
For three days – in both Romania and Hungary – we taught the women the essentials of the faith and how to deepen their relationship with God. Through a vibrant, intimate relationship with the Lord, they learned how to serve Him in the overflow of that real relationship. Working with God, not for Him. Serving from a position of acceptance, not for acceptance.
The Hungarian women shared with us how they were told they would not make good leaders or disciple-makers because they are bad drivers. We thought they were being funny! No, they weren’t. They were serious.
The Romanian women were told “women” and “leadership” do not go together. Culture sets limits.
Rest assured, AIM is not trying to “empower” women in a positional, political sense to take over leadership roles. We simply equip women to be disciples who make disciples to change the world. (John 4 repeated.) Yet, in these two separate and unique cultures, the idea of training is similarly associated with leadership. From what the missionaries explained, discipleship training has never before been offered to women in Hungary.
The question of commitment was far greater than the AIM conference training for multiplication. Empty cathedrals and churches sprinkled all over Europe await action. Who are going to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22)? This question meant standing up for something rarely offered to women. Standing up meant they were standing against cultural norms. Standing up meant standing before God to be a disciple-maker.
We stood back and watched as each woman encountered the living God.
One by one each woman rose to her feet to take an oath in front of God to be a disciple who makes disciples of Jesus Christ.
Yes, 100% of the women in both Romania and Hungary made the commitment! To God be ALL the Glory!!!
No more questioning what God’s plan and purpose is for women in Romania and Hungary. No more wondering how to abide, study the Bible, or pass on the faith. The women were equipped and unleashed to make a difference in their circles of influence that God has entrusted to them!
As our in-country AIM champions in both nations follow up with the women individually, please pray that the seeds sown would produce a 100-fold harvest. Pray for the women who are married to unbelievers to love their spouse well, so their husbands may enjoy the aroma of Christ in their home and be drawn to Him. Pray for the single women to find completion and wholeness in who they are in Christ. Pray for the mothers to live an authentic faith behind closed doors knowing that their assignment to be a disciple-maker starts at home.
There are many stories of redemption, reconciliation, and renewal that happened during the AIM conferences in Romania and Hungary in the past two weeks. Those life-changing encounters happened because of our beloved AIM ministry partners. Thank you for your prayers and your generosity to change the world one woman at a time.
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