Giving Good News at Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching. The pageant in Adelaide was held a few weeks ago and the shops are full of mince pies and decorations. The physical dimensions of Christmas gain prominence in Australia. Gift buying and Santa visits, family meals and carol singing feature. The anticipation of children and adults of surprises under the Christmas tree fuels expectations of Christmas Day.
Yet we know that Christmas is so much more than all these things. The true meaning lies in the most generous gift ever given. God’s gift of Jesus to the world. God dwells amongst humanity on earth (John 1:14). This action opened the door to God’s plan for salvation for all humanity (Matthew 1: 18-25).
God’s action provides a model for physical and spiritual generosity. God’s incarnation demonstrates the value of immersing ourselves in local communities and building relationships. Global Interaction workers recognise the value of this and as a result they will have numerous conversations on the meaning of Christmas and opportunities to answer related questions.
The increasing influence of the West in these contexts is evident in the visual presence of Christmas and this sparks curiosity. Please pray for our workers in all the interactions they have in this season.
Sharing the good news in the nine people groups and beyond is bearing fruit and transforming lives. Regularly news of conversions and baptisms come into my inbox. One such account is of a woman who found hope in the Living One through her role as a language nurturer. In becoming more gracious, her husband noticed and became interested. A year later he shared his wife’s conviction and they have recently been baptised.
Your giving and praying throughout 2018 has made this possible. God’s provision for SA/NT workers of Global Interaction causes much rejoicing. Luke and Rachel are nearing 100% support and are settling well into Cambodia. Over $60,000 per annum of new giving resulted from the 100 People 100 Days mid-year campaign.
The Global Interaction SA/NT team look forward to partnering with BCSA churches and individuals in 2019. Several key dates to note: 16 March for Global Inspire and late February Unearthed. Planning for May is underway. More information to follow.
Merry Christmas to you all on behalf of the Global Interaction SA/NT team. Thank you for your faithfulness, generosity and for being steadfast prayers, we value your partnership with us and thank God for you. May you know peace and joy in Jesus throughout this season and throughout the new year ahead.
Save the date for events
Late February – Unearthed
(An opportunity for young adults to share and support one another in mission)
16 March – Global Inspire
Official launch for 2019. Come and hear from exciting speakers over breakfast.
*watch for more information on these events early 2019
Luke and Rachel – settling into Cambodia
Catherine – enjoying new house
Marc and Rachel – resigned in March 2018
Rob and Deb – excellent community engagement
Andy and Rachel – withdrew candidacy in October 2018
Ian – preparing for dictionary project launch
David and Susie – looking for opportunities to share
Dema and Carolyn – supporting emerging faith communities