Gift Giving and Celebrating
Church Care  2010-07-15
It was last Friday (July 9, 2010), when my husband Dinko took me with the car and told me we needed to find just the right gift for a church in Zlatitsa where they were going to celebrate a 10 year anniversary since the building of their church hall. Difficult task… should it be a wall clock or something traditional and practical for the church… I started wandering and was a bit frustrated that we could not come up with ideas…

Then, we both saw what we wanted to get and Dinko immediately found the deeper meaning that the gift had to convey. It was a mirror from old wood with a piece of a tree branch glued on the bottom of the frame. The other item was a box. The idea was that when people come to church, they should first take a look at themselves and remember the plank in their own eyes, before they start taking out the specks from the eyes of their brothers and sisters. The box was intended as a place, where you leave your complains, questions, hurts, prayer requests, praise reports, etc. when you leave the church – this way you don't bring bitterness or mind confusion in your own home.

Dinko and I were very happy about our gift, and the next morning we took off for Zlatitsa together with two pastors from Sofia – Asen and Krassi. The three men in the car all agreed that their common message for the church should be interwoven with the meaning of the gift. What would a church hall be useful for if there is no unity among the believers in it, if there is strive, misunderstandings, discouragement, bitterness and isolation. . . We should put the others above us and we should humble ourselves before the Lord and the people He has put in our lives.

When we arrived in Zlatitsa we realized that the Christians there had prepared for all – locals and guests, an incredible fest – the church hall was decorated, the people were dressed in their best clothes, the praise and worship team was there to lead us before the Lord, food and refreshments were prepared - however, we had to wait for them 3 hours while the service lasted. But it was worth the wait – several pastors greeted the congregation, and a praise duet from Elhovo sang amazingly. It was truly a real church celebration, which everyone enjoyed from the kids to the elderly… I myself was glad to be part of this special time for the local church… I was also very happy that the pastor there – Marin, and everyone else really liked our gift and the message that was attached to it: ))

After the celebratory service, on our way back to Sofia, we had the chance to give yet another present. This time it was intended for a small baby (7 days old actually). The girl was born to our sister Venetka, and she considers it as a special gift, after she has already raised 3 wonderful children. Veneta had a very difficult pregnancy, and we prayed for her on numerous occasions, but the result is beautiful: )) May God bless Veneta and her family who are the leaders of the local CoG in the village of Mirkovo. And may God continue to bring them good gifts, as well as to the church in Zlatitsa… and I believe that He will do so, since He is a generous and loving God who never forsakes His children.

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