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As I shivered at the edge of the pool, I glanced at the clock.
Super amazing and wonderful!! We love reading The Voice of the Martyrs (as much as you can love reading about persecution, but you know what I mean). It’s amazing.
And you are not going to believe this, but a bit over a year ago I started praying about adoption for our family and Uzbekistan was where my heart kept going. But it was closed to families like ours. Anyway, don’t know why I told you that.
I hope things go great Fri night!
I just teared up.God is amazing.What a blessing for both of you. He works within us.
Isn’t God good? He always know exactly where to place us. What a blessing! Keep us posted!
Wow! I love how God works! He’s pretty clever That One! Great post
You gave me chills. How awesome!
What an amazing experience. I have no doubt you were supposed to meet.
Divine appointment is what I call that!!! Every time we start to wonder what we’re doing or why we’re in a situation, we have to quiet down and just LISTEN. God is speaking to our hearts and guiding us, even when we think we’re just going about our lives.
He sees and hears us. Oh yes He does!!!
wow!! I love it! this is such a God Moment!! See who would have “thunk it” those mommy and me classes were actually a vehicle towards a God moment….a divine appointment! Very cool!
Oh my gosh, I have goosebumps!!!
God is so amazing!
Amazing.Please tell us more when you can…
That’s so awesome I don’t even know what to say, but I had to leave a comment anyway. SUCH a God Moment. Can’t wait to hear more.
Beautiful story. We’ve been thinking alot about China (olympics and all) and about the persecution and lack of freedom there too. WE have so much to be thankful for, and to always remember that it may not always last.
That’s so cool!
God is so amazing…
I have always believed that we are put where we need to be at any given time. Sometimes we need to meet someone for just a passing moment, sometimes for an hour or two, a day, or a lifetime. You may turn out to be that woman’s angel, or, she may be yours. You just never know.
I can’t wait to hear about Friday night! I so needed to hear something like this right now, with all the stress that is going on in my little church right now. Thank you so much for sharing!
That is so wonderful! We have some Christian families like that in my son’s Christian school. It’s so amazing to realize what they have been through and how very blessed we are to live here.
It also makes you realize how precious our freedom to be Christians is and how important it is to keep it that way!
Divine appointment sums it up! God is working in so many ways that we certainly can’t comprehend.
You just never know how one life can touch another! Great post, thanks for sharing!
That is amazing. The things God can do and the ways he does them aren’t always apparent till they stare you in the face. Then you see his many blessings.
I love incidents like those that remind you how big our God is and how little the world is in comparison. What an exciting encounter! I hope you have a wonderful evening tonight and that your family can be an encouragement to them as you build this friendship! We take for granted our religious freedoms, I know I do.
I had a friend from college who served as a missionary in Uzbekistan for awhile. I remember e-mailing her to get her contact info for Christmas cards and getting a reply that said something to the effect of, “I’m in Uzbekistan right now as a missionary.” I had no idea that country even existed or where to look for it on a map. I felt quite small.
*shiver* No doubt God’s hands are in this!
God-incidence, not coincidence. Isn’t God cool?!
~VERY~ cool … I love when we see God working like that. Cant wit to hear more … hope you enjoy your dinner!!!
That is amazing and it gave shivers! God is AWESOME!
That is amazing! Every day I am so grateful to live in a place where I don’t have to fear being persecuted for my religious beliefs.
Cold water vs religious persecution — sometimes we get that little wake up call that puts things into perspective.
Beautiful post. She is lucky to have found you.
Wow what an amazing story
God always shows up in the most unusual places! We are so incredibly spoiled here in the US. We can choose from a number of churches, Bible studies, Christian schools all without any fear or danger for our lives. Thanks for the great story. Take care, Julie
I have chills now that is awesome. We take for granted our freedom to worship, and when we do worship sometimes, we are just going through the motions. Makes you think about your relationship with God. Are we putting him first? Would we take the chance of being arrested for our faith?
He orchestrates our lives so perfectly. It’s nice when you get that rare opportunity to hear the song that is being played and He lets you join in!
Thanks for the encouragement and reminder that He is at work.
Oh my! I stand amazed in His sweet Presence once again!
You all will be in my prayers this evening. Have a blessed time savoring your divine appointment!
That was very heart touching. I hope your friendship does grow. You were both blessed by having your children take swim lessons!!! Isn’t that amazing!!!
What an amazing encounter. I love when God bring strangers in my life that touch my heart in such a special way!
Wow, I have chills… thanks for sharing that wonderful God moment. We are truly blessed to live in a country where we can worship anytime we choose and outloud! Can’t wait to hear how it goes tonight! Prayers for all of you! kris
thank you for sharing this story.
It’s wonderful that you are having dinner with her. Please keep us posted. God is Love.
Wow. That is amazing! I love how God has a way of doing things like this. Perfect timing .
Wow! Tears once again! You just never know when there will be a divine appointment!
That was a God appointment… glad you didn’t miss it!
I’ll be praying for you tonight!
wow! with tear filled eyes and my jaw dropped…… Praise God. He is all over this. Have a lovely dinner tonight.
When you think of EVERYTHING God had to orchestrate to get the two of you there and talking, it’s simply amazing. He blows my mind all the time and this is no different. He. is. amazing. And that He cared enough to encourage your daughter in such a way that only a parent would think of. He is so sweet. Thank you for the blessing of this blog.
It’s so hard to believe as we sit in our free homes that all over the world people die for believing in Christ… I am so glad you met her, I am glad you are such a friendly person and that she could see that she could talk to you. I will pray for you right now that God will grow the relationship he wants out of your meeting. Happy Friday!
I am trying so hard not to cry like a baby right now. My husband’s family was able to leave Uzbekistan in ’90. They were able to leave because his mother’s family is Jewish. Granted they didn’t face religious persecution because his parents do not practice any kind of religion. But they were Russians living in Uzbekistan. The Uzbeks were starting to taste their independence and my husband learned to run fast and punch hard as a boy.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to her, to invite her over. Any kind of friendship is extremely valuable to immigrants trying to start life over in a strange place with a strange new language.
oh my goodness..I am definitely shaving tonight..Your story gave me thousands of goosebumps…..and tears in my eyes. I hope all goes well tonight!!
Great story. Thanks for sharing.
“Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” – Proverbs 20:24
Can I just say I have goose bumps all up and down my body after reading this post! Praise the Lord for stepping in and placing you at those swimming lessons!!!
That is so fantastic! I love when moments like that!
Can’t wait to hear about the dinner and praying that this turns into a lovely friendship. What an amazing day!
What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it. I love seeing God in action.
Wow! Covered with the fingerprints of God!!!!
CHILL BUMPS!!!!!!Cannot wait to hear about the dinner. God is good to us………
Wow! Amazing how God puts people in our paths isn’t it. Tracy
What a wonderful story. I can’t wait to hear the rest!
I love to hear stories of God bringing His people together! Blessings on your evening.
That made me cry.
WOW!! That is amazing! I definatly think that God worked that in a very special way. I will be praying for their family and their country for religious freedom!
you simply never know when God is going to use you. Being open to that is a good thing on your part. I hope you do become friends, that would be such a blessing!
I love that you never know the path God is going to lead you down to shine on others. I’m so glad for that reminder.
Amazing! God is just amazing! I love when He shows up in crazy ways like this that make it so clear that HE is God. Can’t wait to hear more.
Praise God! As one who works overseas, I am thrilled with what He does “back home” to get people involved and to lift the burdens of the brother or sister that so needs it.
Wow. Cool. You just never know how God’s gonna work. Definitely keep us updated on your friend and her family.
What an awesome God-moment…can’t wait to hear more!
Totally God-ordained! I love seeing how He moves and places people right in our path.
Oh boy, this gave me goose bumps. What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing. God is so awesome in the way that He works…
Oh WOW! A definite God moment. Thank you for sharing! We think we live in such a ‘civilized world’, but yet this still happens…..
We have friends from Uzbekistan, same situation. We are blessed
I have been a Subscriber of Voice of the Martyrs for years now and it makes you sooo humble and hungry for God! We have NO idea what persecution is like here in America. At least not compared to the what’s being done to our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in restricted nations.
wow! this gives me goosebumps! God is amazing!
That is so touching…what a great lesson. Thanks for sharing with us!
This is so so so BIG!!! Thank-you for sharing this. I can’t wait to read more. I can’t wait.
I have goosebumps. What an awesome story. What faith those people must have. Thanks for sharing this and for extending a hand of friendship to this family.
thank you for share!
thanks for share!
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