Power of Encouragement
Cindy Vang, President, M-W WMU
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Sheng grew up as an orphan and Shoua grew in a loving home. They became life-long friends as they had similar heartaches in their marriages. They both had a gift of encouragements. T hey encouraged one another to be faithful wives, loving mothers and great friends for others.
When Sheng and Shoua accepted Jesus as their Savior, they encouraged one another to live a Christian life. They spent long hours praying and encouraging others to Christ. Many came to accept Christ. Their children and grandchildren became Christian leaders.
During Sheng's last days, as she struggled to breathe in the hospital, Shoua encouraged Sheng to follow Jesus, that God is read and He prepared a place for them both as it is written in the Bible. Shoua sang old hymns mixed with her words of encouragements.
As churches, we need to follow the example of Sheng and Shoua. We may come from different backgrounds but we need to encourage one another until the end. We need to use our struggles to encourage and to love.
PRAYER: Heavenly father, we cannot encourage one another until we love. Pour your love into us so much that it overflows. Give us patience to encourage those who may not show appreciation. Thank you for your love. In Jesus name. Amen