It really was supposed to be a season of great news to all people, Peace to those who know Him, and a message of Hope for those that don’t, but in the middle of telling others about those components of the greatest story ever told, personal challenges struck our evangelistic Christmas team in Bulgaria. An infant daughter back in Moldova hospitalized with pneumonia, another brother’s wife told it is not the flu, but that her cancer had returned. At the same time, they were so encouraged by the response from people as they accepted Christmas gifts, gospels, and prayed. They witnessed God working among the Turks and Gypsies and have plans to for future visits this year. So, trusting God that His plan and timing is perfect, the team returned home to Moldova after completing their program and experienced the provision and the peace of God as they made the 1,000 km winter journey safely. But they are wondering about those that did not get a chance to hear in Romania and are praying God would provide a way for them to be able to tell them later this year.
Meanwhile, in another Central Asian country, the local church was able to provide Christmas gifts to children and have a small program. I wish pictures could be published of how they assembled and prayed for the gifts, and then invited people to come to a small celebration, but it is simply too risky as some in positions of authority would like to bring harm to our family. But what I will tell you is that our brothers and sisters there have Hope and know the Peace and protection of our great God. They are living out their faith daily and are actively looking for ways to share Christ with people around them.
In 2017 we understand there will be multiple opportunities to share the Gospel with people in more countries than we imagined a year ago. But we do not want it to just be a one-time experience. We want the local church to engage lost people in a dialogue that will involve transformation. We want them to help people move from death to life as it talks about in Eph. 2 and then see them equipped for ministry so that others can be impacted. Specifically, we want believers to be engaged in discipleship that yields fruit and one of the proven best places to start is with children—and Christmas is a prime option.
The great thing is Christmas is celebrated two times around the planet, on the 25th of December, and in just a few more days, January 7 for those using the Eastern calendar. And every child loves a celebration, so, with our $5 for 5 Project we are really providing an initial way for the local church to impact eager children with the Gospel. Your gift of $5 allows us to buy a Christmas gift locally to put in the hand (5 fingers) of a child that needs to know the life- changing message of Jesus’ birth—and provides us an opportunity to follow up with them and their family through out the year. Will you consider the hands that have nothing and see what God would have you do as we set out together into 2017?
At Global Signet Group, in spite of personal challenges in ministry, or even hostile governments, we are committed as a group of believers to adding value to communities one life at a time, and we look forward to your partnership of prayer and resourcing to reach the nations as we share the only true Hope, Jesus, with the world.
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