Archive for June, 2010

Aglow Joins with Others in Dearborn, MI

June 22nd, 2010 1 comment

A group of 14 strong and determined Aglow men and women joined a number of other brothers and sisters to help at the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, MI, one of the centers of Muslim people in our country, on a very hot and humid weekend in June. Our group served the Arab Chamber of Commerce in Dearborn by assisting with the children’s tent, security and hospitality while praying covertly.The Festival attendance was down from its usual 300,000 participants but for those who did attend, it was a time of celebration of the many Arabs who inhabit the city as well as those who came from around the country.Vendors and musicians came from all over the USA and Canada as well as the Middle East to participate and sell their wares. While serving we had casual conversations with many, attempting to build relationship,trust and demonstrate the Love of our Father on Father’s  Day. We were warmly welcomed by the Chamber and told how thankful they were for our contribution as they “could not put this Festival on without us.” We left very tired but thankful for the opportunity to serve those who need   to find peace and love in Jesus.

Written by Cheryl Erbes

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An Exciting “God Adventure”

June 14th, 2010 No comments

What an experience we Aglow women had as we moved around the country of Israel praying at specific notable places of our Christian/Biblical heritage.  The Prayer Tour was both inspiring and humbling. To know that you were standing of the actual soil where some of these great promises of God were spoken, was beyond comprehension. One has to believe that the prayers prayed hit the mark and made a difference in the heavenlies. That was an experience that will never be duplicated.

To observe the Israeli families celebrating Shabat, dressed up in their finest and eating and drinking the best, so serious about their beliefs was awesome. I happened to drop in the dining room where many families were exuberantly singing songs at the top of the lungs—what an inspiring moment. The 170 Aglow women (and men) who patiently waited in line for food and the restrooms were devoted to  praying in the heat of the day. They were getting done what they had come for-to pray at the ancient sites of promises given. I can only be assured that those prayers were heard and are being worked out by the Father.

Janet and I stayed on for another week in Israel and we kindly guided by a former Aglow American woman who truly loves Israel-both the Jews and the Arabs. We were introduced to such a wide variety of people and saw many sites which we did not expect to see. As we ministered I was struck by the fact not only of God’s creativity in so many languages and cultures but also of His love for each and every one of them. We were truly privileged to meet and extend God’s love to them in the small ways we were able. God has a plan for each of us and His plans will be fulfilled. I feel humbled and truly blessed to be a small part of His plan-truly an unforgettable time.

Written by Cheryl Erbes

Cheryl in Israel

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Brazil by Pam Palagyi

June 13th, 2010 1 comment

God is full of surprises…and my recent trip to Brazil was one of those amazing surprises. If you had asked me if I had plans to visit Brazil, I would have said no, not really. I remember the fun my family had at the Atlanta Olympics with the Brazilian fans who chanted “Monica, Monica” for their favorite athlete. But I knew nothing else. Then l met Ines Murad at the International Aglow meeting in 2009, and I knew God was inviting me to Brazil. I said yes!

Aglow Transformation team member shares gifts with young womenOur mission trip to Brazil was unlike the many trips I had taken before. We ministered in three different churches, a school, and a conference and many lives were visibly changed. But this trip focused on building practical skills by teaching and training in sewing and jewelry making. We traveled to Brazil to establish a center that would impart and prepare people to improve their lives. We were there to break ground for Aglow in the area of micro-businesses and create a model that could be used in other countries around the world. It demanded a forerunner spirit, creativity, and godly vision… I loved it!

We started by taking the train into Sao Paulo to investigate future resources and to get a sense of the business flavor in Brazil. That evening Ines’s church invited the local community to a service explaining what would take place over the next five days. I casually suggested that people bring a friend to the training, but we did not anticipate the reaction of the crowd until the following evening. We expected 8-12 people to attend the training…over thirty showed up and about one third were children! We were busy!!!

Teaching the women to sewOver the next three evenings we encouraged, taught, laughed, and bonded with the wonderful people of Brazil. Men, women, and children expressed a deep desire to learn a skill…entire families came to learn and their joy was contagious. Aglow Generations took part and God provided for our every need. Many stateside donated money and supplies so that we could purchase five sewing machines, jewelry supplies and a cabinet to contain them. We had numerous interpreters show up to help and practice their skill. What could we have done without them?

Young people met on the Brazill tripIf I could sum our trip in one word, it would be “catalyst.” We sparked a desire that had always been deep in the hearts of the people, but as an Aglow Transformation Team, we ignited the spark. The center is organizing and making plans to continue the work…people are excited to be a part of it! One church is holding a garage sale to raise funds for Kingdom purposes…another has sent three leaders to help and train others for the ministry. God’s people are uniting for a common purpose that is greater than any one church…it is Kingdom unity, Kingdom vision, and Kingdom building. And people are at the heart of God’s Kingdom.

What a privilege to represent Aglow Transformation Teams in Brazil. It’s amazing to me what “six, old religious ladies” (what one young lady thought of us before we arrived!) could do in cooperation with the Holy Spirit! A seed was planted in Mogi and in our hearts, and God will bring about the growth.

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Israel’s Mega Mix

June 7th, 2010 1 comment

Wow, my first trip to Israel has been a unique experience in culture mixtures!  In such a small country there are so many mixtures it makes my head swim! What a delight to meet so many people from so many countries – some living here, some visiting.  I got to be in Jewish homes, Arab homes and met Russians and Americans and people from Philippines, Holland and on and on and on!  Everyone seems to have a different idea, way of living, looking and believing!  God loves unique expressions of His image and seems to delight in diversity!  As I sort through the myriad of things that need putting away from traveling over the last two months, a maid sounds great! It is reminding me of incredible experiences with people, experiences that delight my soul, bring a roar of laughter, and some that linger in sadness. What a God! What a life!

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