From Our President
Message of Hope
Dear Partners in Mission,
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
These words foretelling the birth of Jesus bring hope to all who hear them. This is a time when the world needs hope. Your prayers and gifts give hope.
Those of us, including you, who work with or support Christian ministries throughout the world are more aware than most of the misery and the distress too many humans endure every day. Christian workers share our gratitude, thanking God daily for the help you are giving, enabling them to reach those who live in poverty or are persecuted. Many missionaries are engaged in pioneer work, taking the message of God’s love where it hasn’t been heard before. They take hope to the hopeless.
For example, indigenous ministries take advantage of radio broadcasting that enables them to reach into the homes of countless thousands. New Life Evangelistic Ministry in Peru broadcasts evangelistic messages for 15 hours every day. One new believer wrote, “Through your radio messages my family and I received Jesus. Before this, my family life was a disaster. Now the Lord is restoring my family and marriage. With Christ we are living in harmony.”
Then another work reaching members of a lost culture is Kampuchea for Christ. In the 1970s, two million Cambodians were slaughtered during the Khmer Rouge regime. In an effort to establish an agrarian culture the educated adults were killed. Trying to heal their society, young people are once again attending university. A dormitory is being built for young women who attend. Funds are needed to complete this structure and minister God’s love to those hoping to rebuild a broken culture.
Another broken nation is, of course, Syria. Even if the civil war should end, the people of that nation, either refugees who left Syria or those who went to a safer location in Syria, will come home to nothing but ruins. We at Christian Aid are blessed to have personal contact with believing workers in the Middle East so we can pass their needs directly on to you for prayer and consideration of what you can do to help. How you can be the provider of hope.
Several Christian Aid staff and a ministry leader who is located in one of the Syrian border countries, spoke on the phone recently. We asked him how he was helping the thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees who have fled to his country.
“Most of the time we sit and we pray with them. It’s really hard. I know we can’t save the world, but we do as much as we can,” he told us. He said most of them have nothing, having fled Syria with only the clothes on their backs and that they need everything. “We never store food on the shelf. Whatever we have, we cook and the refugees help us.” This Christian leader explained that there is no more room for the refugees, “The fields are full. It’s overwhelming with all the children and families.”
When asked how the Christians in Syria are coping he told us Syrian rebels are not only killing Muslim Nationals, but are persecuting and slaughtering Syrian Christians.
“I’ve lived through war, I’ve lived with disasters, but I have never seen it this bad. The main thing now is to stand with believers that we know are being persecuted … We have people we bury every day who are Christians.”
To read this entire interview go to www.caid.us/RefugeesInterview.
In His Love,
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