From Our President
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
As the native missionaries drove their packed truck into the bleak refugee camp, small children emerged from their tents and ran after them. “The Christians are here!” they shouted. Every time “the Christians” visited, they gave the children toys or pieces of chocolate.
As soon as the missionaries braked, a line of refugees formed. The gospel workers began distributing the food boxes they’d assembled, along with containers of bottled water. One of the refugee mothers gratefully took the supplies, telling two of the missionaries that their help came just in time—the day before, she’d depleted her cooking oil.
At her insistence, the missionaries followed the woman back to her tent, where her husband lay on a thin carpet. He had no feet; he’d lost them when he stepped on a mine back in Syria. He thanked the missionaries for the supplies and then reached under his pillow, pulling out a child’s New Testament—one that the missionaries had given to the refugee children a month earlier.
“Why did you give this out?” the man asked, suddenly very serious.
Certain they’d angered the man, neither missionary spoke.
“It’s really good!” the man said. He told them that when his daughter first showed him the New Testament, he nearly tore it up but decided to examine it first. The words captivated him, so now he keeps it hidden under his pillow.”
A FREE PASS
Have you ever reluctantly suggested a new idea to someone, certain they’d reject it…only to have them accept it? Wasn’t it shocking—in the best possible way? Maybe you felt as though you’d hit the jackpot, or like you got a free pass.
Your feelings were probably similar to the way those two native missionaries felt inside the tent of that Muslim man when he told them he’s secretly reading God’s Word.
The native missionaries we assist are used to rejection. They work in some of the world’s toughest mission fields and face sharp opposition in regions dominated by Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
But there’s one time of year when they get a “free pass”: Christmas.
I don’t quite understand it, but during the month of Christmas, even the most ardent opponents of Christianity drop their guards and accept invitations to Christmas parties where they listen to the gospel message and receive copies of God’s Word.
Native missionaries are always requesting Bibles, but they’re desperate for them at Christmastime. They know that this window of opportunity comes but once a year.
YOUR PART IN GOD'S PLAN
You have a part to play in the work that God is doing throughout the earth. You provided the Bible that made its way to a Muslim refugee’s tent. Consider this your invitation to keep those Bibles coming—especially now as Christmastime approaches.
In this issue of Prayerline, you’ll find multiple opportunities to pray for and supply native missionaries with the Bibles they need for their Christmas outreaches. On November 7, be sure to pray for the same missionaries featured in this letter, as they seek to bless more refugee children with the gospel in storybook format.
On November 15, spend a few minutes praying for a ministry in Iraq that seeks to distribute Bibles to displaced people this Christmas season. In the enclosed Impact! report, you can read about how this ministry is sharing the message of Christ with displaced Iraqis who are preparing to return to their homes as gospel witnesses!
Thank you for playing your part in God’s plan. You make this work possible!
Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,
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