Hundreds of villages like the one above are receiving a haven for spiritual growth and encouragement - a church family - that helps to establish the children and families in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. See bottom picture for a typical village church building.
Hoping your Christmas worship and family gatherings were joyful as well as meaningful. We would love to hear from you and pray for any praise or prayer requests you may have.
My thoughts have been turned to the Angel's message to the Shepherds this year:
â€œAnd the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11 ESV
2 of the things that stood out to me were:
1. The message is personal - "I bring you..." and "For unto you..."
2. The message is universal - "that will be for all the people."
Jesus Christ the Lord, the Savior, came for you and He came for all people. This is good news of great joy.
A PICTURE IS WORTHâ€¦
As I look back at 2017 three recent pictures come to mind from my recent trip to India. Before having to leave early to be with Sherie, I visited some of the places where churches are being established by the indigenous (native to India) missionaries we are training. Seeing the faces and the locations helped to give context to our training as well as give us a picture of what is being accomplished. The good news of a Savior who has come, died and rose again is being brought to these precious people and churches are being established for these families in hundreds of villages in Northeast India.
The picture at the top shows how thousands of families like this are hearing the good news of salvation because of these wonderful missionaries. They received helpful training on the value of discipling the next generation and how to establish a church. You are having a part in making this happen.
This has been a great year of ministry as well as a challenging year with some health issues for my darling. I am sitting in Sherieâ€™s hospital room as I write this as she recovers from digestive tract issues.
JOURNEYING INTO 2018 WITH JOY
The opportunities before us are many as we journey into 2018. Trainings are scheduled for India and Africa. We are encouraged by what God has done and confident because it is His plan to bring the good news to all people. He is working mightily in bringing people to Himself all over the globe. We are privileged to link arms with you to participate in His glorious work.
Thursday's Encouragement â€“ Will you be part of todayâ€™s encouragement?
I was communicating Thursday, with one of our supporting families that had an employment transition in 2017. Their income and financial condition for 2017 was uncertain and at times unsettling. They were able to continue their monthly commitment throughout the entire year and yesterday gave an additional special gift. We were touched by their love. It would be very encouraging to have others join them so we can meet our current income shortfall for 2017 and begin 2018 ready to walk through the doors of opportunity. Together with you we can continue being a part of reaching families and establishing churches in Africa and Northeast India.
Secure Encouraging Giving link:
We thank our God with every remembrance of you,
Sherie and steve