Primetime news and headlines are full of turmoil around the world, of people in conflict—bombings, or worse—with those who live across one border or another. It is sometimes easy to distance ourselves, pretending we are unaffected and unconnected.
This story from Pavel Serdukov, a pastor in Moscow, Russia, reminds us that every day, when you read The Upper Room daily devotional guide, you are connecting in a powerful and positive way to millions of people across many borders, praying and reading in 100 countries, in 35 languages.
“It was an ordinary morning. I started my day off with a cup of hot tea and Mesto Vstrechi, the Russian edition of The Upper Room. It seemed to me like I had met the author of that day’s meditation, who shared his situation and the way God had blessed him through it. Then, when I logged onto Facebook, I was surprised to see that I had more than 30 new friend requests. And on my personal page, I saw more than 20 notes of gratitude and blessing. It was then that I realized that the meditation I had been reading in Mesto Vstrechi was mine!
That morning was unbelievably special for me. Indescribable feelings of joy and of the greatness of God filled my heart and soul.
People wrote to me from the Philippines, China, and Germany. I did not know them, but after sharing a story of my faith in the devotional guide, I realized how many brothers and sisters I have around the world and how great the global church of believers is!”
– Pavel Serdukov, pastor of Perovo UMC in Moscow, Russia, and subscription manager for Mesto Vstrechi
Now that is international news to celebrate, and YOU helped make it possible. We are thankful for your donations to The Upper Room. You help bring a message of hope to a world in turmoil.