from the Rev. Tatyana Men’shova,
District Superintendent of the Western District of the Eurasian UMC
I would love to share my gratitude and joy for having Mesto Vstrechi, the Russian edition of The Upper Room, in my country, Belarus.
I see that this devotional magazine is very good, especially for new people in the church.
With it, they may hear the Word of God, read a meditation, answer questions and hear the answers of others. It helps start a conversation and it creates a new Christian understanding in them.
Also in our church, we have people who, when they were sick and in the hospital, used this magazine to share God with people there.
I have been part of such an experience.
Four years ago, I was in the hospital with severe pneumonia. There were only two of us in a ward because of our serious illnesses.
While I was there, I offered to have a small worship service for us on Sunday, using Mesto Vstrechi.
That day’s meditation was about a woman who had lost her only child and how we can help other parents experiencing grief.
After reading the meditation, my companion began to cry. She had just recently buried her 20-year-old son.
I began to pray for her and cry with her, and then the Lord gave me words to comfort her. The following days and nights we read scripture, prayed and talked.
We became a family in Christ.
Thanks to the editors and sponsors of this magazine for this spiritual work.