by Sue Volpe
Most of you know our newest mom, Iby. She has been in my life for 10 years now and some of you may have met her the couple times she traveled to the states with me. Through the last year with Iby I have learned a lot about how we minister to the orphans here in Romania. We share the Gospel, we teach them the Word, but we often fail them because of our focus on “normalizing” them rather than training them to apply the Word of God to their life. In Iby’s case she was easily swayed by the lies of the enemy that she deserved more. Her “friends” told her she should make her own decisions and do what she wanted. These decisions led her on a course of rebellion and rejection that resulted in her pregnancy and need to be in my ministry. It was a difficult summer of repentance and getting back on the path toward restoration. I’m thankful that God continues to work in Iby and for the first time ever, I can see that her relationship with God is not based on deeds, but rather on a
greater understanding of God’s unchanging character. Iby’s favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 and now instead of wanting this to be true in her future, she is beginning to grasp that this promise is already hers. Iby’s baby is almost two months old. God is using parenting to shape her. Through this journey with Iby, God is teaching me the importance of submerging the ladies in my ministry in His Word. My heart is that they will learn to be steadfast when faced with difficulties and deception.