From Our President
A Year of Mercy
We marvel at the Lord’s provision for the desperate needs in the world this last year. Through your prayers and giving the gospel is advancing in the most difficult areas.
Who knew Russia would break through the borders of Ukraine, sending thousands of displaced persons through the doors of churches and orphanages across the nation?
You responded with offerings for food, beds, electricity, and blankets. You helped fund dozens of crusades where thousands of young people rushed the altars, repenting with weeping. You fed hungry children orphaned by war. You kept native missionaries going with your gifts and prayers, joining believers in Ukraine in asking the Lord for mercy. They need so much more.
Who knew ISIS would arise to crush believers in Iraq, squelching hope for freedom as they commanded people, even children, to deny their faith, leave, or die?
You responded in an unprecedented way, running to the aid of local Iraqi ministries who are helping a multitude of displaced souls. Two million crowded the streets, parks, churches, businesses and abandoned buildings of Erbil for a spot to lay their heads. Because of you native missionaries continue to make sandwiches, provide tents and sleeping bags, and assist the needy with medicine, water and food packs. They need so much more.
The Middle East cries for mercy and relief. Syria still finds no relief, and surrounding nations swell with more and more refugees as tent cities rise along the borders. Native missionaries are there meeting needs both physically and spiritually, and revival is happening in makeshift tarp sanctuaries. They need so much more.
And who knew Ebola, a seemingly unstoppable plague, would ravage the people of West Africa, all too soon striking close to home when it streamed into the United States?
But you responded to the death cries in Africa by sending help to those who could help. And your prayers are healing devastated hearts. They need more funds to handle the growing medical demand, as well as provision for those left widowed and orphaned in the wake of disease.
Relief and Good News
This year Christian Aid has responded to these crises and more, yet we are not a relief organization. We do, however, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, and His heart is with the broken and weary.
Native missionaries make known His glorious gospel in every situation. They are like the earthen vessels into which He pours His glory; and they pour out His love and Good News to all around them. They are hard-pressed but not crushed, not in despair. They hope in the God of our salvation as they love their people and lay down everything to bring Christ to the poor, the wounded, the orphan, the widow, the abused, and the unreached.
They are true. They are faithful. We believe in them. And we are devoted to helping them.
How will the Lord lead you to give this December? Take a moment and ask Him now.
Prayerline is loaded with needs and opportunities to help indigenous ministries expand the Kingdom through Christmas outreaches among Buddhists, Bible translation in a tribal language, radio broadcasts reaching Muslims, and medical missions in rural settings. You can help build a church in an unreached area, supply theology books for missionaries-in-training, or continue to help sustain those wearied by war, displaced by terror, and devastated by death.
Thank you for all you give. Cling to the heart of God as you keep blessing His people. You are advancing the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. When every tribe has heard, when a witness is established among all nations, our Lord will return in glory.
This month we celebrate His first coming. But always we look to His return. He is the firstborn among many brethren. And we love them all.
When you help them, they see His hand. When provision comes to fortify the vision He has given them for their people, they see His faithfulness.
Your faithfulness shows His steadfast love.
May you find His peace this Christmas season.
May joy, hope, and love be yours in abundance.
Until He comes,
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