Mentoring Ministry in Romania
Lynn Wohland has been the East End Area Director for the past four year. In 2008, she is leaving this beautiful Island to go to assist the Romanian Church to minister to the orphan’s of that country in many of the same ways that she has done so well here. Please join me in bathing this new extension of mentoring ministry in prayer. The following is her last monthly snap shot of her ministry here. Please sit back and see what God is doing though His people.
Dear Friends and Family:
Well, this is it. Hard to believe that this is the last prayer letter I will write to you from Long Island Youth Mentoring. I am not sure what to say. It feels to me like a monumental task.
There is no way to sum up all that has been accomplished through the Lord in these past four years of ministry, and partly because I don’t know the full scope of all He has done… in me, in those I’ve served, and those I have served with.
This Christmas, as I prepare to celebrate the greatest Gift I have been given, in part by getting tokens to give those closest to me, I also reflect on the gift that the past years of ministry here have been. And while “re-gifting” is a bit of a no-no when it comes to Christmas presents, I am anticipating with joy the chance to “re-gift” to the Romanian people, all that He has given me through LIYM. I know He is also going to make something brand new from the offering.
Here is one last story of God’s mighty work through godly mentors right here on Long Island. I had the blessing of yet another annual celebration meeting, this time with Mia* and Grace*. Both were eager to share about the past year together, and equally eager to continue in their friendship and faith journey as we enjoyed a yummy meal together.
Perfectly matched in their frankness, they openly discussed the good times, challenging times and personal changes they experienced as a result of their friendship. Only eleven, Grace’s insight and honesty was surprising.
Grace did not hesitate to credit Mia with her change of heart toward her younger brother. “I don’t hit him anymore.” This behavior had been a real concern for Grace’s mom. I knew that Mia had dedicated many meetings to listening and guiding Grace about it. It was a moment of victory for sure, to hear Grace’s conviction that it was a done deal! Mia began to tell about how little Grace’s friendship has impacted her life when Grace had to interrupt. “… Oh, yeah… and I felt like nobody liked me before I met Mia.” Nothing could hold back Mia’s flood of tears over this precious remark. She could only tell her in return, “I’m so glad we are friends.”
I thank you for your faithfulness, in prayer, finances, and encouragement during this past season of ministry. I pray that you will continue to remember LIYM as you consider the Lord’s call on your life to reach out to others with His truth for His glory. What a blessing it is to know, that all we offer the Lord from our time, treasure and talents will be investments enduring beyond time… Through them, He is crafting His beautiful everlasting Kingdom from, which we will get to enjoy with Him for eternity. Not bad…
May the Lord use you mightily, as you walk this Earth for Him with your sights set on His Eternity and His Glory.
“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13: 20, 21