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Turning Your Tears into Pearls for Others – The Power of Testimonies

Sharing God stories is powerful. Walls are torn down. The power of “I can relate” takes place, as women identify with others’ triumphs and trials. Community forms and the gospel is shared.

But, most importantly, God is glorified.

That’s why at every AIM conference we make testimonies a priority.

In Romania, we heard several powerful examples of God working in the lives of women before and during the conference.* One young woman shared,

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“I grew up in a Christian home, but we did not learn about the love of God.

When I was sexually abused at school, shame-filled me and led me down a path of drugs and alcohol.

Two years ago, I discovered God’s love and I thought I was healed. I wanted to help other women heal from sexual abuse.

When my fiancé broke off our engagement, I did not want to help anyone anymore. But, at this conference, I took steps of healing.

I discovered God loves me for who I am, not what I do, or how I look.

I am willing to serve the Lord again.”

The AIM conference teaches how forgiveness leads to freedom…and freedom leads to experiencing the fullness of God (John 10:10). One woman knew what it was like to be in bondage spiritually and physically. She shared,

Turning Your Tears Into Pearls for Others - The Power of Testimonies Romania Conference Women making notes in their Study Bibles

“I was sentenced to jail for 10 years.

When I was released, it was very difficult for me.

In prison, I had time with God. But I did not know how to act on my faith.

I would ask God, ‘Are you still loving me?’

After attending this conference, I am a changed woman.

I know He loves me and I am now physically free and spiritually free.

Now, I know how to live with God to fulfill His purpose for my life.”

Many other stories of life change took place in Romania. The women’s ministry team there is ready and equipped to help the women fulfill their purpose to be a disciple who makes disciples.

When we transitioned to Hungary, we were curious if anyone would share their testimonies. We knew the cultures were different but also knew God was at work. We were so blessed when one of the musical worship leaders in Hungary shared her God story,

“I did not have big challenges growing up until college.

My parents divorced and a serious relationship I had ended.

Someone told me God will use my tears and turn them into pearls for others.

I’ve learned how prayer and the Word of God has kept me alive.”

Yes, God used her tears and turned them into pearls for others, as she shared on the last night of the AIM conference.

It was beautiful. And, it was new.

Worship at the AIM Abide Conference in Hungary

We learned that this conference was the first of its kind in Hungary. Ministries came together and women from different denominations and churches responded.

The team of leaders in Hungary want to continue growing the sisterhood that was formed during the conference. This way more lives are changed and they can bring change to Budapest…and the rest of their nation.

Consider how your tears can be turned into pearls for others.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Be brave. Share your God story with others. You never know how God will be glorified.


*Testimonies are translated into English in phrases. Often, we need to add words to complete the thought when writing out others’ testimonies. We work hard to convey an accurate reflection of a woman’s testimony shared at the AIM conference based on what information the translator provides us.

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What is Your Response to Palm Sunday?

Blind men see. Bread and fish multiplied. The dead rise to life. In the first century of Judea, thousands witnessed the miraculous works of “God in the flesh” through Jesus. Prophecy fulfilled right before their eyes. They knew…

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Jesus is the Messiah – the Promised Deliverer!

In their hearts, the people determined He would make all things right again. The grip of Roman control on their sacred nation would be loosed and their kingdom restored.

They tried to force Him to be King in times past, but He escaped their expectations. Not looking to build His platform, He was on earth to fulfill His mission.

But, here He comes riding on a donkey, with his disciples walking alongside, into the great city of Jerusalem to celebrate the annual Passover holiday.

They see Jesus coming closer and word spreads fast.

Palm branches are cut.

Blankets and garments are spread along His path.

All four gospels make certain to record this moment – what we call Palm Sunday.*

He came riding on a donkey in His mother’s womb to begin His earthly mission. But now He comes riding on a donkey to finish it.

As they patriotically wave palm branches, like during the other holiday feasts, they shout “Hosanna” meaning “Save, we pray” or “Save now!”**

And, that is what He would do. He would…

Save now.

The moment had come. He would restore the Kingdom.

His Kingdom.

Not a political one, His Kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36).

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Jesus came to be King of their hearts and lives, not King of their land.

And, He would give His life for theirs. He would take on their sins and die in their place – even though He knew their motives were all wrong.

While the palm-wavers shouted, Jesus mourned by what his prophetic eye foresaw. The same voices singing “Hosanna” would shout days later, “Crucify Him.”

Yet, He endured their praise and allowed the parade.

Why?

As the drama unfolds, we begin to see the meaning of it all.

This was no ordinary day, but it was the day the lamb was selected for the Passover sacrifice. Jesus knew he was riding his way toward the cross to offer Himself as the perfect Passover Lamb of God.

Yes, Jesus would soon be sacrificed for the sins of the world. His death would bring us life.

Unimaginable.

At one point, the religious leaders stop looking for lambs. Distracted by the parade and full of indignation, they demand Jesus silence the people. He responds:

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out”.

Luke 19:40

Yes, Jesus is worthy. He is worthy of our praise.

Many times, and in many ways, He told them He was the Promised One. This final acclamation before His crucifixion proclaimed it in public. No more wondering if He was the one. No more questioning His authority. He was and is King. He is worthy of praise. Hosanna! Hallelujah!

His disciples would later understand, Jesus was fulfilling prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). Receiving a royal reception while riding on a lowly donkey was forecast in the only Book written by God. The only Book which predicts the future with 100% accuracy.

Yes, Palm Sunday represents praise. Jesus, the Lamb of God, is worthy.

Yes, Palm Sunday fulfills scripture. The Bible is true.

But, in the end, Palm Sunday demands a response.

Will you join the crowds that temporarily and emptily praise Him hoping for earthly pleasures and comfort?

Will you reject Jesus as God’s son, like the religious leaders who placed their faith in legalism over His sacrificial and selfless love?

Or, will you stand alongside Jesus, like a few of his disciples, past the fanfare, to the cross?

“(Jesus) died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

2 Corinthians 5:15

You have a choice on Palm Sunday.

We invite you to no longer live for yourself, but to put your faith and trust in the perfect Lamb of God and His finished work on the cross, so your sins are forgiven.

Lose your life to the King of kings…and this way you will find it (Mark 8:35).

P.S. Resurrection is only days away.


Women praying at the AIM Receive Conference in Romania.
Women praying at the AIM Receive Conference in Romania.

If you’ve never turned from your way of life towards God, we invite you to do that now. That is called repentance. The Bible says that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord (the Leader of your life) and believe in your heart (complete reliance and full surrender) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

You can genuinely pray to Jesus, “Hosanna” (“Save now”) and He will.


*Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19.

** Hosanna is the Greek form of a Hebrew term used in both a cry for help and a cry of thanksgiving (Psalm 118:25-26). History records that palm branches were waved during the Feast of the Tabernacles and Feast of Dedication.

Lessons Learned from the Best Worst Summer

It all happened so fast…
Broken window.
Washer overflowed and flooded 70% of our home.
Youngest son jumped out of a window of a church camp bus engulfed with flames on the side of a highway.
Air Conditioner broke from the dry-out of our house flood.
Family vacation (the “best” part of the Best Worst Summer).
Emergency room visit for stitches.
Unwelcomed shark encounter.
Teenage attitudes. (Need I say more on that one?)
And the worst…four funerals of dearly loved friends and family.

While our personal life felt like a roller-coaster ride with harrowing twists and turns, the ministry was facing significant challenges of its own with unexplainable software migration issues and more.

We felt beaten up on all sides from life’s crazy ride. Someone humorously said to me, “Susan, instead of saying ‘Jesus is enough,’ you should say, ‘Jesus that’s enough!’”