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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.

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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.

AIM Romania Receive Conference and Hungary Abide Conference 2019 | This One Decision May Change The World

This One Decision May Change The World

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.

Susan Freese teaches at the AIM Receive Conference in Romania.

“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.

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Women gathered at the AIM Abide Conference in Budapest, Hungary to learn how they can be an important part in God’s story.

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!

Women at the AIM Abide Conference in Hungary
AIM Abide Conference in Hungary

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.

140 Bibles were given to the Romanian women attending the AIM Receive Conference!

If you are not a monthly AIM ministry partner, would you prayerfully consider joining the AIM team?

Monthly support provides stability and growth to expand in new countries and equip other trainers to go make disciples who make disciples. As a donor-funded 501(c)3 ministry, your help is needed and greatly appreciated. Click here to become a monthly support partner, you can make a difference in women around the world.