The trip is going well. I finally have a down day, today so I can recuperate. Probably the most moving thing I have done is preach at the church in the slum and participate in the graduation of the sex trafficked girls from Miriam's ministry Daughters of Freedom. It is so hard to understand how people can live in such deplorable conditions and why God allows it. At the same time, it is exciting to see how the gospel can give hope, change people's lives, and make a difference.
Tomorrow we begin the three day seminar. I am so impressed with what George and Sayuni are doing here. Because of finances we had to keep attendance down but people really want to come. They tried to limit it to 30 couples but I think we will end up with about 35 couples and they said we could easily have had over 50 couples. Some are traveling from far away: 7-9 hours drive to get here. Word is spreading about how these conferences and the ones that George and Sayuni give on their own are changing marriages. I would appreciate prayers for the conference for the next three days.
I have attached a few pictures: one of the worship service, the Daughter's of Freedom graduation, and the diploma they received.
The Rev. Dr. Phil Bauman has been the Senior Pastor of UCC Medfield since 1996. He served as the pastor of the First Congregational Church (UCC) in Clinton, MA from 1981-1988, then attended Boston University where he received a Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology in 1995.
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