Madagascar | December 2017

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”

Micah 5:2

 

Merry Christmas and God bless you! What a wonderful time of year this is. There really is no other time like it. So many things make this season special, the lights, food, decorations, music, and good cheer that are all around. However, above all, this season is special because of the very special person that is celebrated. It can be easy to get caught up in our to-do lists and excitement (or stress) and forget why we are celebrating. It is so important to make time in the busyness to celebrate Jesus and give Him the glory and honor that He deserves. Jesus sat at the right hand of the Father and was filled with His power and glory, but He chose to empty Himself of that in order that one day we might stand in the presence of the Lord. The more I think about the sacrifices Jesus made from the time of His birth, the more in awe I am of Him. Christmas is also a huge blessing because it gives us as believers a big open door to talking about the Good News with those around us. I challenge you to use those opportunities to the best of your ability, don’t let this chance pass. Our Circuit Riders around the world are sharing the story of the birth of Jesus to children and people who may have never heard it before. Many of them will teach their Sunday Schools through the holidays, even on Christmas Day. Please keep them in your prayers as you go through this season. Pray that they will be continually filled with the joy of the Lord and that their joy will spread to others. Thank you so much for the wonderful support you are continually giving. We are so thankful for you. Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Bony and Mily are part of a shepherd family and they haven’t ever gone to school. Their parents didn’t allow them to play or to make friends, but only to take care of the sheep. So every Wednesday since we started MSSM there, they tie up their sheep close to us and join us for learning. Now they know how to read and are making new friends! We praise the Lord for Bony and Mily for their diligence to their parents and to the Sunday School. Please pray with us that they will continue to come and learn, and that their parents would soften. Thank you!

Sisco is a little boy from Anjiabe. Last Friday, he got into a fight with one of his friends. The guy that he had a fight with went and cried to his mom. So his mom became angry and wanted to beat Sisco. So I stepped in and asked Sisco to apologize, so he did and the lady forgave him. After that, I asked him how he felt and he replied that he got peace and it’s like nothing that’s ever happened to him before. We praise the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit in his life and pray that He is changing others’ lives as well! Thank you!

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