Christmas focuses on giving.
This Christmas let us focus on God’s gift of peace to the world through Jesus, who emerges from Isaiah’s messianic prophecy of a child being born (Isaiah 9:6). Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace, is more than harmony and the absence of conflict, it refers to well-being, completeness, and wholeness.
Catherine reports from Siem Reap, a city developed on tourism, that COVID is influencing the rhythms of living, working and being. There are the beginnings of conversations around life, strength, peace, and hope that would perhaps not be happening if not for this current season. Recently she sat on the floor talking with a Khmer couple, a Khmer language nurturer, and some of her teammates. One of the couples asked her and the nurturer if we were followers of Preah Yesu (Jesus). The wife shared memories of having heard about Preah Yesu as a child. More recently, a family member living away from Cambodia heard about Preah Yesu and had been sharing with the couple about how He is bringing a depth of peace and rest into their life that they have not experienced before. As they talked together, they asked if they could meet again to continue sharing. They have wondered about asking before but had found themselves too busy or too hurried in conversations to do so. Yet as they walk this current season as a couple and as parents, their yearning continues to deepen, wanting to seek and find the way of peace and rest, and experience the way that is not the way of endless habit, a way for freedom.
Through our gift of intercultural workers to the least reached people groups, we pray that they will build on conversations like Catherine’s and have opportunities to share the good news of God’s gift of peace during the Christmas season.
Thank you for your faithfulness, generosity, partnership, and prayers in 2020, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
May you have a blessed Christmas.
The Global Interaction SA/NT office looks forward to partnering with BCSA churches and individuals in 2021.