Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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“So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.” (Luke , NASB)
Hi, this is Eleanor Witcher of IMB’s prayer team, respecting traditions with you but honoring Jesus above all.
A baby boy in a manger, festive lights, lots of goodies to eat, parties, gifts, and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree . . . the Kwanga people of western Zambia have absolutely no concept of the American holiday called Christmas. The twenty-fifth of December will look and seem like any other day to them this year. There will be no extra-special food on the table, no holiday decorations, and certainly no gifts to commemorate the day. But the most heartbreaking of all is the fact that the Kwanga do not even know who Jesus is. They don’t know that He was born of a virgin and placed in a lowly manger, or that He was to suffer and die for our sins some 33 years later.
Many Westerners have lost the wonder of Christmas. They don’t know that there’s something much more awe inspiring than the sparkling lights or colorful wrapping paper. Maybe some of them have never known about the wonder of God becoming a baby and being born of a virgin to be our Savior. Around the world, there are many people who see Western-style holiday decorations for sale or traditions promoted on television and adopt them without ever hearing of the incarnation of Christ because of God’s great love for them. What a sad shame it would be if that’s all we shared with the world!
* Please pray that this will be the year that many Senufo Supyire in Mali, as well as people across the globe, will hear the truth of Christmas--that the Lord has come to bring joy and salvation to the world--and place their faith in Him.
* Pray for the Kwanga, asking that they will discover who this Savior is and why He was born in Bethlehem on that very special day.
* Bow in wonder as you encounter Jesus throughout this Christmas season.
***Our offices will be closed in honor of the birth of our Savior. The next PrayerLine will be distributed Monday, January 2, 2017. Merry Christmas!***
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