There are many Old Testament prophesies concerning Jesus’ coming, birth, life, and future eternal reign. Can you imagine reading newspaper prophesies of your coming birth, life, and eternal destiny written hundreds of years before your birth? But just think… in Jesus’ case, the prophesies were and are all true. An unthinkable, unimaginable thing. God committed before word one of creation (1 Peter 1:17-20) to become human through his son and then sacrifice him. He would do this to redeem his soon-to-be-fallen and lost creation and bring it back into harmony and relationship with him.
Let our gift to him be our lives, now redeemed. WE are the light of the world, as well as carriers of the One True Hope & Light of the World. What an awesome Christmas gift to Jesus, the center of Christmas. Let us receive our commission and commit as He did to those who don’t yet celebrate his coming, still outside of reconciliation, harmony, and relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Joy to the world!!
Prayer begins with gratitude, recognition, and praise. We would like to focus this Christmas month on exactly that. While we seek your on-going prayers for the work of Chile Mission and church, including the inception of the children’s foundation & work and development of the future Christian children’s camp, along with healing for Millarai, we ask you to share in our gratefulness for some recent November answers to prayer. Having said that, we know that November and December will be hard months for many of you, and perhaps months of difficult loss. Please let the reality of a “Born” Jesus who cares about you personally and who is with you especially now, touch that hurt and this time.
- The ICOM missions conference was excellent, with a focus on a Christian’s need to always start “vertical”, that is, with prayer and faith, seeking God’s plan and God’s power. We’ve talked with many of you in supporting churches who know the missions conference from years ago. Why not make a decision now to “re-connect” with it in 2015 in Richmond, VA the last weekend of October?
- Millarai has finished her long series of chemo therapy and was released go back up to her family in northern Chile. What a blessing and thank you, Lord! She will be following up now, probably with periodic trips to Santiago and when we know what that looks like we’ll pass it on.
- We received news coming into December from our Foundation attorneys in Chile that all final papers have been filed. That’s a praise and means that we could be completely done with that before we return to Chile.
- Last but not least, some of you may know that our daughter Jordan and husband Rob, along with big sisters Selah (recently 4) and Eden (recently 2) have been awaiting the “arrival” of a new girl in their family. Our praise is that Ariana Haven Boldt was born at home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at 12:26 p.m. She weighed 8 ½ pounds and measured 21 inches long. Both Mommy and daughter and the other members of “the crew” are doing well, and we’re all grateful and blessed.
Praising, praying, and fasting in a Born AND Reconciling CHRISTMAS JESUS,