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A Delightful Time Crossing Cultures in the USA

June 21st, 2014 No comments

As we have done for the past 8 years a group of Christians made their way to Michigan from around the country
to demonstrate God’s love to the city of Dearborn.
A total of approximately 80 folks- 26 of us designated
as from Aglow-did service projects throughout the city which the Arab Chamber of Commerce which directed us. Much of this work was for HYPE, a YMCA-type facility, and also at the home of a local woman whom we knew
who needed help at her home. Other teams were involved with walking the streets, greeting people and passing our bracelets.We also prayed throughout the neighbor as well as at a strategic park. We found the people to be very friendly, open and many valuable
conversations occurred.
As always we learned and received as much as we gave. Many commented how much they enjoyed the leisurely pace at which we were able to proceed as opposed to working at the Festival when every minute was scheduled. We found that several of the folks we spoke with were
aware of our previous labors there and recognized us as the “good” Christians. In fact, a owner of a local restaurant, when our group was mentioned, said that
we were not just good people, we were angels. Another businessman recognized the T-shirt and commented how he had given water for the work last year and how much he appreciated us. He also said that if we needed anything next year to please let him know since we treated his people so well . Actually it seemed that we were able to meet and talk with many of the business and religious leaders there, making contacts and
either starting new relationships or building already existing ones. We were invited for a meal at the local mosque, largest one in America, and our leaders were able to talk with the imam. Then later in the week part of the group went to a different mosque where the imam gave a flower to each woman in the group and bought ice
cream for all. It is our hope that relationships of trust with one another will continue to grow.

by Cheryl Erbes

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Sharing the Tulips and Much More

June 21st, 2014 No comments

Seven Aglow women gathered in Holland, MI, during their annual Tulip Festival to pray for the city and look for divine appointments.
Although we didn’t know each other in the beginning, we left for home woven together by the
time spent praying, sharing, laughing, eating and conversing with others. While there, we
watched two parades, learned much about the original Dutch windmill and the folks who
used it, saw myriad number of tulips (the sun came out big time on Thursday and the tulips
decided to open their blossoms. BEAUTIFUL), enjoyed the peacefulness of Lake Michigan, the channel
and light house and the grains of sand between our toes and even got in a short amount of
time to shop. HA!
All in all, we learned more about ways to approach people, how to begin short conversations,
how to be directed by the Holy Spirit and how intricately HE planned out footsteps, how to get
past our fears and awkwardness and much more. Basically we just prayed for the city and the things
that we were involved in and let the conversations develop. A number of examples are;
1.) when shopping, talking to the clerks,etc., about how we could pray for their business, their city,
and any other concerns and being received warmly 2.) during the Children’s parade when others would talk about some of the
difficulties for children in our culture today, we were able to offer encouragement to them, 3.) at a time
when we were not sure what to do next, God used a shop manager who overheard our conversation to make
it clear what was next and very emotionally told us numerous times “we were needed to pray for the children.”,
4.) a young mom watching the parade who overheard our rather hurried blessing of our sack lunches and said”
it’s been a long time since I’ve heard that on the street”,
5.) lastly the police sergeant who, when told that we were there praying for the city and the police , immediately said
let’s pray then, took off his hat and bowed his head as we seven gathered around him and prayed aloud on the street corner with people everywhere.
So much more could be shared. We went home thankful for the privilege of being able to share God’s care with so many and to see Him at work.

by Cheryl Erbes

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