Recently, one bad story after another has saturated the national news. Acts of terrorism, natural disasters, refugee crises, abuse scandals…the list goes on and on. Even though we are entering a joyful holiday season, it is easy to become overwhelmed by all the busyness and bad news around us and miss the entire reason we celebrate this time of year. I praythis letter brings some encouragement and a fresh dose of good news to you as the Christmas season begins and that it serves as an antidote to the distractions of the season.
Through our ministry with NEXT Worldwide, much good news has spread and is continuing to spread around the globe. Someone snapped this picture of our Guatemalan church planting partners, Pastor Noah, and me, while I was on a trip there with a youth group in March 2013. We were in Guatemala helping Pastor Noah plant a new church in the middle of several smaller villages. There were 6-8 people (mostly his family members) who had committed to reaching their community with the Gospel. Our team walked the streets and shared the Gospel in several of the villages. God moved, and throughout that week, 37 people indicated that they had put their trust in Christ. That is certainly worth celebrating, but it was only the beginning. This year, I was in Guatemala again, working with the same youth group but in a different area. While we were there our church-planting partner, Daniel, shared with us that over the past two years, Pastor Noah’s church has planted 22 house churches and he is now ministering to over 1000 people! Even though you won’t hear it on the news, God is at work in amazing ways around the globe. He is drawing people out of the darkness and into the Light!
Please spend some time praying for our ministry and for those who have yet to hear the Good News proclaimed.