We wanted to let you know about some exciting news!
Thanks to the determination and passion of Ruth and Tony Thompson, good friends of LCI counselor and board member, Sharon Collignon, LCI is going on the road to Sofia, Bulgaria!
The Thompsons attend the International Baptist Church Sophia, Bulgaria, newly pastored by Paul and Kathy Arneson (who have Young Life backgrounds!). The Arnesons read some of the LCI material and invited us to come and share with their congregation and anyone else who wants to come. We are also reaching out to Young Life in Sophia and hoping the word spreads.
On May 15th, the Collignons and the Clarks fly to Sofia to be hosted by the Thompsons and the church. On Thursday evening, May 17th, they will train local group leaders to help with the conference. Then, on Friday evening and all day Saturday, they'll run the Glorious Mess with the group experiences woven into the teaching. They'll wrap up their time in Bulgaria participating in the Sunday morning worship service at the church.
We've been wanting to see if LCI could replicate itself by planting seeds for training lay counselors, in other cities - but we never dreamed our first venture would be overseas!
Our God is an awesome (and highly unpredictable) God. We are thrilled and curious to see what will happen, and what "translates" well to other cultures and nationalities as over 11 countries could be represented at the event.
Please join us in praying for this event! Please pray for planning, people to attend, safe travel, all the details, and the potential leaders who might carry on the work.
We can't wait to share the stories after we get back!