Merry Christmas from the both of us to our friends and family around the world.We would like to say a big thank you this year to the many people who have loved us, supported us and prayed for us.
It has been a challenging year at times but we have seen many breakthroughs and as this year draws to a close we have a deep and at times overwhelming conviction that there will be a move of God that will shake the continent of Africa to the core. We’re not just engaging in hyperbole when we say that. It’s what we have given twelve years of our life to and we ask that you continue to stand with us in prayer.
Christmas in Mombasa
We will be spending Christmas and new year in Mombasa. These days Christmas is not so much about roast turkey and crackers as it is about traditional pilau rice and chapatis. But one thing that does not change, in whatever place it is observed, Christmas is about family. We’re no exception here in Mombasa and so the day will be spent together with our loved ones — both here in Kenya and with others via Skype.
However, Christmas is not just about family, it’s also about Jesus. Sadly, whilst many would share my sentiments about family, they would not see the relevance of Jesus beyond lending his name to the festival. Indeed, many would happily remove his name from the season altogether. But the birth of Jesus, when properly understood ought to fill us with great Joy and great hope.
The times that we are living in today are filled with such anxiety and uncertainty. The world doesn’t seem quite as safe and stable as it did and it was into such times that Jesus was born. The Bible says that Jesus was God himself incarnate and as amazing as it is that he would come in human form, it is even more amazing that he chose the most troubling of times and the lowliest of circumstances in which to come. From and infinite God, this humility is shocking and it reveals God’s willingness to be with us in the most desperate of times. As God, he doesn’t have to endure hardship or pain but he chose to share in our humanity.
At the heat of Jesus birth is God’s desire to be in relationship with us. It’s not about a a set of religious rules but rather, an intimate relationship with our creator. Yes, it’s a relationship that demands obedience, even total surrender but it ultimately leads to incredible freedom, joy and hope.
Psalm 9:9-10 tells us that God is a stronghold in times of trouble and that God has never forsaken those who seek him.
Will you seek him this year? He was born all those years ago in Bethlehem but he wants to share in your life too— personally.