Saturday April 2, 2011

Today I spent the day at Global Kingdom Ministries which is a church in Scarborough. MissionFest Toronto was held there this weekend. This morning I went there with a girl named Kathryn. My Mom cleans for her parents. It was nice to get a ride there in the morning. In the afternoon my parents came. On the way there Kathryn told me how she is raising money to go over to China where she will be teaching English there for a couple of years. She is also a missionary kid too as she was raised in Africa with her family. It is always interesting to meet people who are raised on the mission field with their family!

I went to two seminars in the morning. The first one I was not planning on going to but decided to go to it at the last minute and I am so glad I did. The first seminar I went to was at 10:00am and it was called “Literacy and ESL – Tools for Kingdom Building. The speaker was Carey Jo Johnston and she works with Literacy and Evangelism International. I told her that I am a missionary in Romania and I work in a gypsy village. I also told her that a lot of the adults are illiterate so this seminar was very helpful for me to attend.

Later on in the afternoon my parents and I stopped at her booth to learn more about the literacy program they have. I discovered they have a training program in the States during the summer and they also have a whole curriculum in Romanian which would be extremely helpful to use at the Sabolciu gypsy village where I work. We want to do a literacy program in the village but I honestly don’t think anyone knows how to start one nor do we have any resources to start one either so this is definitely a great program that we could use in the future!

The second one I went to was at 11:30am and it was called “The Roma People: The Untouchables of Europe?” The speaker was Paul Burke and he works with Greater Europe Mission. It was great to learn more about the history of the gypsies in Europe and also what God is doing along them. It was very interesting to learn more about their history of how they come to Europe.

Something new that I learned was the gypsies came from a tribe in India, they first immigrated to Romania and then spread across Europe. It was really sad those that first immigrated to Europe they were treated as slaves and I also didn’t know that thousands were killed during the Second World War by the Nazis which is horrible. What an awful history the gypsies have and even today they are still treated as outcasts and they are just trying to survive life. I am glad I learned more about the gypsies but I was really shocked to learn about the history that they had because I had no idea.

At 1:30pm I went to the plenary session which was held in the sanctuary. The worship was great! Nizar Shaheen was the speaker. He produced and hosts the Arabic language Christian television program called Light for All Nations. It was really interesting how he shared the stories of people coming to Christ. When this session finished my parents arrived and I spent the rest of the day with them.

At 4:30pm I went with my parents to a seminar called “The Most Dangerous Prayer. Lisa Cheong was the speaker. Lisa has been doing mission work in Cambodia and she has a passion to seek justice on behalf of child sex slaves. It really broke my heart when I heard the stories of innocent girls being treated like animals. It is just horrible that anyone would do that to a girl! No girl should live a life like that. I was glad to hear there are missionaries and local Christian people there now who are making a difference in the lives of these precious girls.

Her seminar was very challenging. She talked about growing in your prayer life. She challenged us to pray the lordship prayer and the five areas she spoke of were: surrender, search me, break me, stretch me and use me. She also said something which really hit me. She said it is the call of God that keeps you on the mission field and not by motivation which is so true! I definitely would not be still on the mission field today or fighting to still be on the field if it was all about my motivation. It is definitely the call of God that is on my life that is keeping me on the field.

Today I ended up seeing my friend Twylla at the International Student Ministries Booth at the gym where the exhibitors are. I was so surprised to see her! She sent me an e-mail and told me that she would be there but we did confirm where or when we would meet nor did I know she would be at the booth. Twylla and I met when we were in South Korea which was around 5 years ago. The booth she was at was the ministry that I had been involved

Twylla and I

with for a couple of years where I taught English to international students at Calvary church in Toronto.  Twylla is the new Canada field director for the ministry so she was asked to be at MissionFest Toronto for the ministry’s booth.

It was so great to see Twylla again! I just about walked past her booth and almost missed her until she called out my name. When I heard my name I turned around and I was so surprised to see her! We haven’t seen each other since we met when we were in South Korea so it was really nice to see her again. I introduced her to my parents and we decided to go out to dinner at Tim Hortons which was just across from the church. It was really nice to go for dinner with Twylla and my parents. It was a great time to catch up with each other!

At 7:00pm I went to the plenary session with my parents. Luis Palau was the speaker. He evangelizes at different conferences. He has shared the gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and through the media. His sermon was about sharing the gospel with people. It was both inspiring and challenging. He said something that was very true which was to forget the methods when you share the gospel but instead to focus on the message. That is great advice because so many times I tend to focus on the method but I know I shouldn’t but just to freely share the good news with people.

It was a great today at MissionFest Toronto. I learned a lot, I was challenged and inspired which was probably what I needed. I am so glad I went! It was also great to see my friend Twylla again!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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