A Virtual Outreach – My GMG Testimony Part 2

A Virtual Outreach - A Good Morning Girls Testimony
A Good Morning Girls Testimony:

A Funny Thing Called Ministry
A Virtual Outreach

  We had just wrapped up our spring 2013 Good Morning Girls study – Living and Leading Like Jesus.

My husband had injured his ankle and was laid up for 3 weeks. The boys had been sick non-stop – my youngest with the hand, foot and mouth virus – and we were well into a long season of renovations on our home.

I simply could not see my way through leading a summer study.

I was beyond weary.

“I’ll just take the summer off”, I thought. “Why not? I mean, most people are on vacation anyhow.  They probably aren’t even planning on participating for the summer.  I will rest, regroup and be ready for fall.”

And then I heard that sweet, still voice:

 

“There are times when you need to rest for a season, but then there are times when you need to press through the wall.” 

 

I knew what that meant.

My brother was a runner. I was very familiar with “the wall” of pain a runner faces – accompanied by a decision: stop and forfeit the race or press on to the finish line.

So, I decided to press on. I arranged for our translator to translate the materials and I put together the announcement for Facebook. And that’s when a sister from another city signed up! Later that day she suggested that I post the announcement in a Facebook group for Croatian Christian moms and immediately the sign ups began pouring in!

By the end of the two-week sign up period, there were 150 women signed up from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Slovenia – and women in 4 other countries who spoke these languages!

I quickly scrambled and found four other women willing to lead a group to split the one large group into 5 smaller, more manageable groups. For them it was a baptism by fire as for all but one of them, this was their first study, and they were leading, as well! We also opened a blog, translated all of the blog posts, and had an active Facebook page as well.

All throughout the 8-week study I received testimonies of how the study was changing lives, renewing spiritual relationships, and strengthening their walk with the Lord.

Women commented that this was the first study of this kind to come to this part of the world and that the short passages allowed them to dig deeper than ever before into God’s Word.

I think I cried the whole 8 weeks.

I was in awe of what the Lord was doing!

Not just through me, but through those who were willing to sacrifice their own personal time for a study they had only learned about a few weeks before!

By the fall of 2013, we had a full translation team of 7 women and more women were signing up for the new study.

By November we had number of unsaved women involved in the study; plus a full graphics team.

More and more women wanted to get involved in the study. The hunger I saw in these women to not only study God’s Word, but fellowship with each other and volunteer their precious time to make this study more meaningful for everyone was more than I could have ever dreamed or imagined!

But best of all, women from parts of Croatia where there are no gospel-preaching churches or believers nearby had found our Bible study and were being encouraged and strengthened in their faith.

It had never occurred to me that the Lord had intended all along to use me as an “uncommon” missionary.

I never envisioned myself traveling all over three countries to evangelize and encourage women in the Lord – right in my own living room.

No, ministry isn’t anything like I envisioned.  It is so much more.

When we open our hearts to be used by God however, whenever and wherever He wants, the divine creativity of the Holy Spirit can flow freely through us and we will do things for the Lord we never dreamed!

 

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Rosilind Jukic 126 posts

Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her Bosnian hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles, good coffee and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. Her passion for writing led her to author her best-selling book "The Missional Handbook. At A Little R & R she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. You can also find her at Missional Call where she shares her passion for local and global missions. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

7 Comments

  • Patsy Paterno (11 months ago) Reply

    Awesome! When we answer God's call, we never know where it will lead! How exciting for you and for all who are involved! Patsy from HeARTworks

    • in reply to Patsy Paterno #2
      Rosilind Jukic (11 months ago) Reply

      Thank you for stopping by to read! You are so right - we never know where He will lead us - but we can always be certain it will be to great things!

  • Kalonda Coleman (10 months ago) Reply

    I just read your missional call series and this GMG testimony in one sitting :-) It seems that the Lord is doing wonderful things in you and through you and I am glad you are sharing them with the world. I really like that you recognize that ministry is inside as well as outside of the home.

    • in reply to Kalonda Coleman #2
      Rosilind Jukic (10 months ago) Reply

      Oh - Kalonda, I'm so glad you stopped by. I truly believe it is just as important that ministry be outward focused as well as focused in the home. Blessings to you!!

  • Jane (6 months ago) Reply

    Oh my goodness, just read part two! WOW, God is amazing when working through His children for His people!

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