We love Christmas. We love the gatherings, parties, and outreaches. We love the noise, the laughter, the music, and the tears. Our phones ring endlessly with requests. This pastor needs gifts for four orphans at his church. That older lady needs food for eight grandchildren. A woman working the streets wants to quit, but needs support during her transition. We could go on and on. We need extra time. Extra food. Extra resources. Extra strength. Going the extra mile requires us to press beyond our ordinary…
Jesus – the ultimate Christmas gift. From the most humble of beginnings, Jesus came to show us the way. “When the extraordinary compassion of God our Savior and his overpowering love suddenly appeared in person, as the brightness of a dawning day, he came to save us.” (Titus 3:4-5). Jesus, our perfect Savior. Our extraordinary example of love, joy, peace and so much more!
But we are not Jesus. We remain so far from His perfection. But remember my friend that Jesus chose YOU to be His Bride and His Ambassador. What Jesus sees in you is EXTRAORDINARY! To Him, you are beyond lovely, wonderful, and worthy. It’s pretty simple. All He wants this Christmas is you. And everything you need this Christmas is found in Him (2 Peter 1:3).
We are keeping it simple this Christmas. Spending time in His presence and then being His present to a dying, lost world. May it be the same for you! We are so grateful for your prayers, faithful support, and love. Thank you for making so much possible! Together, transformation is happening in South Africa! It happens every time we give that little extra… Extra smiles. Extra hours on a project to show love to your boss. Extra games with your kids. Extra walks with Jesus. An extra gift to some struggling ministry. May this Christmas and New Year be the most extraordinary yet!