Christmas is coming! But once again uncertainty is clouding this wonderful time of year.
For many of us, this is our second year in lockdown. In the midst of this uncertainty, I’ve had to remind myself every day of the certainties we have in God’s promises. God is in control. God is our shepherd. God is faithfully present with you and me.
Christmas reminds us that God says “yes” to a broken world. God breaks into human history in a most unexpected way, in a most unlikely place.
Now there is light and hope for a world of darkness, turmoil, and chaos.
Your gift today helps share Christmas hope.
Around the world, God is bringing hope through your intercultural workers. Because of the faithful, loyal partnership of people like you. Yes, even in difficult times like this.
We see and celebrate this in South Asia. COVID has had a tragic impact in South Asia. There have been over 1.5 million COVID cases, and more than 25,000 people have died. And this is just the recorded figures. We believe the actual number of cases and deaths due to COVID in South Asia is significantly higher.
Global Interaction is on the ground in South Asia. Modelling Jesus with us. Modelling our loving God who moves into the human neighbourhood. Sharing the hope of Jesus amid great uncertainty and pain.
Your gifts and prayers will help bring Jesus into neighbourhoods and homes in South Asia.
Morris, a long-term, passionate worker, tells me the wonderful story of Simon*. I would love to share it with you as an encouragement so you can see what a remarkable difference your partnership makes.
Simon is from a major religious tradition in South Asia. He’s married with a young child. He has been searching for more in life, even in the great uncertainty where he lives.
His uncle had come to know Jesus and worked with the Global Interaction team and our partner NGO.
This man experienced opposition from his family, but he maintained close connections. Years later he was able to model faith to his nephew, Simon.
He includes Simon in culturally appropriate Bible studies, hosted by local staff of Global Interaction’s partner NGO. And the good news comes alive in Simon’s life as he discovers the hope of Jesus.
Simon was recently leading one of these studies. He said, “It’s great to be able to share in these studies and to search the Bible for ourselves. In ways we understand.
Jesus my saviour taught me I don’t need to go to a special place or follow special rules or rituals. But through Him and the Holy Spirit, I can worship God wherever I am. This is the amazing freedom I have discovered in Jesus.”
And now Simon is sharing that freedom with others. A humble, passionate follower of Jesus, bringing hope in a very unexpected place.
Will you join me in praying for many more in South Asia to have Simon’s experience? This Christmas, will you join with me and other supporters to bring someone the certain hope of Jesus?
Grace and peace,
Executive Director, Global Interaction
*For the protection of local believers and Global Interaction's ongoing ministry, Simon is not his real name.