Supporting our brothers and sisters in Ukraine

Two nights ago I was able to join on a prayer call with a few people leading the church in Ukraine. It is sobering to feel the weight of war. While our American staff have evacuated, there is still the opportunity to help the local leaders on the ground for those that are fleeing and seeking refuge. Please join us in praying for this country, its people and the churches.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1-2

If you would like to like support the church in Kyiv, Spring of Hope, the leaders there are working with the network to help provide basic needs for the families.

9 years…

Yesterday I woke up to an email from the family that received me in Germany this week nine years ago. Time is an interesting concept, regardless of how concrete it is, there will always be a bit of abstract reality to it! But yes, celebrating nine years getting to serve on the field! In reflecting on what has happened, what has been successful, what have I learned, there is certainly an obvious objective that stands out.

Making disciples. Over these years, this ministry has gotten to host at least twenty different teams that have come from different churches, different states and different countries. As my passion is in equipping, there isn’t much surprise that I am excited about how God continues to use our work and location to build a type of cross-cultural training center. With COVID restrictions lessening and getting to engage the work full-time, we are gearing up for more teams and equipping opportunities this next year.

I recently had an email from a team I hosted from Poland three years ago:

Our stay at your home and your church was a great experience for us. We actually didn’t know at the beginning why we should go but the things we could experience with you started giving fruit after our come back home. I don’t even know how to put it, but a lot of good things have already happened and I hope still are going to happen in our lives. Your community is a kind of model for us – how to work and live and let God lead us. We are very grateful for all this to you.

– Poland Team

Financial Update. Last year, leaving the teaching job meant taking some time to re-engage raising support so that I could continue to walk out this ministry with full-time energy and availability. There were eight new people that joined team ranging from gifts fo $15 to $80. The end of year ask was the amount of $18000 in order to cover expenses for 2022. There was $15750 donated in one-time gifts! If you add what the new recurring gifts would bring in, the grand total is $18210!!!! So much to give praise for!!!

Still need prayer. Yes the need was met with a little extra! Yet in the process, there is also a reality that some monthly givers, will need to end their support this year. Please continue to pray for God to bring new financial partners so that the account can continue to be sustainable. And if you want to be an answer to that prayer, or know someone, just use this link: www.reliant.org/sarah.bedi

With everything that has happened this past couple of years, Covid, the political climate, personal loss, there is renewed reality that our time is short. Let us walk into this new year with a determination to live purposefully, love intentionally, and serve willingly.

Thank you for making this work possible!!!

Tis the season to be…

Jolly! Advent…the season of anticipation. Family, fireplaces, fun memories to be created! There are many of you that have gotten to experience new life and dreams unfolding this year. Others reading this have walked through some valleys and needing a little extra hope. There is a mysterious reality that the joy of the Lord surpasses external circumstances. Praying for the joy of the Lord to be our reality.

Thankful!!! I am super thankful for you! It has been an incredible year to get to walk into full time ministry again. Thank you for making that happen. Last update I launched a God-size ask in raising $18,000 to help cover the remaining need for next year. HALF of that has already come in between new monthly supporters and a few one-time gifts. Grateful in how you continue to journey with me and make it happen! Please join me praying for how God will provide and if you would like to be part of that answer, click here!

Excited! Getting back into full-time ministry is a dream. I am excited for the planning of what can be in 2022. Locally, we continue to build bridges of trust that lead to conversations in the gospel. Regionally, we are getting opportunities to encourage and train others who have a growing heart to see Jesus move in their neighborhoods. Globally, I have had the opportunity to take steps engaging the work in other locations. There is so much to dream about what could be and I am excited to take steps to see them developed.

Merry! I am also very happy about the reality that I will get to visit South Carolina again this coming January. There will about two weeks where I am able to connect, reconnect and visit with as many of you as possible! Please let me know if you would like to set something up, or if you have a home group where I can visit and encourage with what the Lord is doing. I look forward to seeing you face to face!

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

In you’d like to get in touch, my state side number for calling is 803-753-7398. For messaging, what’s app with +46 72 223 21 25 or FaceBook Messenger. Or email, Sarah.bedi@reliant.org.