Mission Bite #96: Giving grace and showing love

"I'm working toward proficiency in teaching in Slovak. As the girls arrived one Saturday morning for discipleship group, they asked where my daughters were. They care about my girls, but I knew they were wondering who would translate for me. I typically teach games and activities on my own, but this was the first week I brought the Bible Study without translation. God's message of grace and love is important, and I didn't want to get it wrong! As I taught, though, I learned more about God's grace and love myself. The girls listened and responded with insight. They gave grace and showed love. My words were not perfect, and sometimes someone had to translate my broken Slovak for the rest of the group. But on that day grace and love were shown by all, and we learned a little better what it is to cultivate beloved community."

- Tanya Parks, CBF field personnel in Kosice, Slovakia