From Our President
THE GIFT OF LISTENING
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
This Christmas season, as I reflect on the birth of our Savior, I think about the time He spent on
earth interacting with people.
Jesus often asked thoughtful questions of people (though He undoubtedly already knew what their
answers would be) and listened patiently to their responses. He did this with people whom others
ignored or didn’t consider worthy of their time.
He honored people by giving them His full attention...and the full attention of the Lord Himself is
a life-affirming, health-giving experience.
CARING FOR THE SOUL OF ANOTHER
How often do we listen—really listen with our full attention—to someone else? And how often do
we allow our own thoughts to creep into our minds while another person is talking?
Christians and non-Christians alike can care for the soul of another through the gift of listening,
but Christians bring something to the table that non-Christians cannot: the presence of Christ.
As Christians, I think we often forget that we have the very spirit of Christ living inside of us. That
means that when we sit down and listen to someone share their concerns, Christ is also sitting there
listening. And His presence brings peace that surpasses all understanding.
“WHEN I ENTER THIS DOOR, I FEEL PEACE...”
Christian Aid Mission received a report from an indigenous ministry we assist in Greece. This
ministry is sharing Christ’s love, around the clock, with refugees from Syria and Iraq. They prepare
bags of food in the basement of their facility for refugee families who congregate on the ground floor,
where they can have a cup of tea, share their hearts, and be heard by ministry workers. The ministry
“Many people are simply coming seeking for direction and counseling, and in an amazing way,
they’ve shared with us, ‘When I enter this door, for some reason I feel peace. I am not hungry, I am
not thirsty. . .’
“During these long hours of counseling, listening, and drying tears, we have an excellent opportunity
to let the people be exposed to the presence of God. No matter the religion, people are coming,
asking, ‘Could you please talk to me about Jesus? How can I believe? How can I be baptized?’
“So, we spend long hours teaching these people, discipling them, and leading them to the hope that
Jesus can give. Hundreds are passing through our facilities every day. What an opportunity to serve
them in a unique way.”
LET US SERVE YOU
Do you have a concern or need you’d like to share with someone? We are honored to listen to your
prayer requests and take them to the Lord. It is a gift we are privileged to offer to faithful supporters
like you who give of your resources to further His Kingdom. Please call us at 434-977-5650 and ask
for Donor Relations. If you’d prefer to email us, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merry Christmas and God bless you!
Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,
PS: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). This month, you can share the peace of Christ and good will toward men with a gift to the worldwide ministries of Christian Aid Mission. Your gift will help us continue finding, evaluating, and supporting native ministries like the one mentioned in this letter.
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