With the drop of temperature and the dusting of snow this week—it really is beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas. Lights, decorating cookies, wrapping gifts, special programs at school and church—there is so much that fills our senses during this time of year. But, what if no one around you celebrated Christmas? Or even knew what it was?
Imagine a December with no Christmas carols, no decorations, and no anticipation of special gatherings with friends and family. This is the case for many of our Global Partners. December 25th will come and go like any other day. Why? Because the people in the countries where they live haven’t ever heard the name of Jesus Christ. As Romans 10:14 says “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? ”
Christmas does offer our Partners a special chance to share about the Light of the World. Some of their friends have heard of the western cultural celebration of Christmas—and are curious. As they ask our Partners questions, there are open doors to also share the meaning behind it all.
And the reality is—while most everyone we know will be celebrating on December 25th, many of them also don’t know or call upon the name of Jesus. Please pray for our Partners and the people they live among. Would many, like the shepherds, hear and respond to the amazing news that the Savior of the World has come. Let’s also pray that we too would be bold this season. That we would intentionally share with friends and family who, even surrounded by the glittering lights of the season, are still living in darkness.