The Bracelets by Jan





The Bracelet

The little piece of rope with beads seemed like a simple gift but it was so much more. The story behind it is of great importance.

We have known Bruce Becker for many years. He often talks excitedly about the eye glass clinics and how effective they are for evangelism. Recently we had the opportunity to share in this ministry and experience it first hand and he was right.

After the recent Roma conference Bruce and staff set up the simple clinic in a tent first then moved on to the churches of the villages. People lined up to get free eyeglasses. But they also got another gift, the bracelet.

Bruce handed me a large bag filled with the colorful bracelets and a package of cards in Russian to explain. My task was to share them with the people.

I quickly recruited Robie to be my assistant. He is a very energetic leader in the church and he loves the Lord. I shared the message card with him and the Pastor and explained that as the people came for glasses we would give each person a bracelet, tell them the story and pray with them.

One by one the people came. As we placed the bracelet on their wrist we explained.

  • The Black bead represents the sin in our lives. It is black and holds us in darkness.
  • The Red heart bead. This is a symbol of the love of Jesus Christ. He loved us so much He was willing to give His blood to pay for our sin. God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (Jn 3:16)
  • The White bead reminds us that if we believe in His love, Confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness.(1 Jn 1:9)  His blood will make us white as snow. Though our sins be as scarlet He will make us whiter than snow.  (Ps 51:7).
  • The Blue bead tells us once you have received Jesus in your life He will send His Holy Spirit to live in you. He will be your teacher and comforter. He will give you power to do things in Jesus Name.
  • The Green bead. As Christians we need to grow daily in our faith. We need to maintain a relationship with the Lord. We do this through reading the Bible, prayer and fellowship with other believers.
  • The Yellow bead is for the promise of life eternal with the Father in heaven where we will walk on streets of purest gold.
  • The Butterfly says when we are in Christ we become a new Creation. The old has gone and the new has come (2 Cor 5:17).

 

Everyone wanted a bracelet, even the men. After the story we prayed for each person. Some had needs for themselves, others were concerned about loved ones. Each prayer was lifted up to the Father.

Soon some of the young people asked about the bracelets even though they would not get glasses because we did not have children’s glasses. We gave them the bracelet and told them the story, they in turn took the story to their friends. Soon they were telling each other and praying for one another. It was powerful to see the youth involved in sharing the Word of God.

For the Word of the Lord gives this promise in Isaiah 55:11…

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Posted in: Blog, Teaching, Ukraine on May 30th by Fruit of the Vine



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