DEAR PRECIOUS LADIES
Wow we have made it to the ninth month of the year! God has truly shown us His mercy in allowing us to see the month of September.
So far this year when we look back we can see that God has been with us. We have witnessed answers to our prayers and seen great testimonies among us as women and in our families. Am sure we can name more than one thing that the Lord has done for us. Some of us experienced spiritual growth. Some received new jobs, promotions, new born babies, family weddings, marriage engagements, passed exams, new houses, cars, financial breakthrough, good health, holidays and many more. We can honestly say God has come through for us exceedingly and abundantly more than we thought.
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ladies, the Lord exceeded my expectations in August.
In last month's newsletter I testified about our visas to Sweden. We travelled to Stockholm and had a great time there. The fact that we could be on holiday was good enough for us. Little did we know that the Lord had so much more in store for us as a family. My sister who lives in Sweden mentioned to one of her diplomat friends in Switzerland that we were visiting her to have a break, and that we were pastors needing to relax before a new school season starts in September. We have not even met this friend and yet we found tickets waiting for us for a cruise to Helsinki, Finland. Although she didn't know us, God used her to provide for us. All expenses were paid for. We had never been on a cruise and the experience was so amazing. It was like walking into a very big shopping mall with duty free shops and different restaurants. We stayed in this massive hotel with many floors. It can accommodate 2500 people. We cruised in the Baltic Sea and saw a number of Islands along the way. Looking into the vast amounts of water connected us to God's amazing handiwork and we could only proclaim “My God How Great Thou Art.”
When we arrived in Finland a bus was waiting for us to tour Helsinki, which is the capital. Again, all expenses were paid for. We visited many historical sights and learnt a lot about this beautiful country. We had opportunities to stop and pray in some Cathedrals we visited and were very grateful for those special moments. Truly the Lord did exceedingly abundantly beyond what we thought. He gave us more than a holiday in Sweden, He added another country for us, plus a cruise. We also saw the reality of the scripture that says we should seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto us. The Lord added a cruise unto us.
I want to encourage you to keep on trusting in the Lord in this month of September. Continue to seek Him and do not abandon the place of prayer. Do not be discouraged the Lord will do beyond what you are imagining. If He did it for us as a family, He will do it for you. Have a great month and here are some of the holiday photos below.
Love and blessings
Pastor Fatima Sibanda