Christmas greetings from Karamoja! When you have lived through enough of them in this place, you don’t even bother dreaming of a white one. It is dry, windy and hot as is typical for this time of year. But, the more unpleasant the weather, or whatever other circumstances, the more precious the truth which we remember. God left the glories of heaven and dwelt in the barren wasteland of this fallen creation. Out in the fields, the shepherds were shown that the glories of heaven had broken into their dark world. In that little baby, lying in a manger in Bethlehem, the Word had become flesh and was dwelling among us (John 1:14).
It was a privilege for me to preach about those shepherds this morning, first in Akuyam and then in Nakaale. Additionally, Lord’s Day worship is now taking place in a new place. Some weeks back, we had become overwhelmed in Nakaale by attendance of folks from Nakasien. This is a village where we have done evangelism and village Bible study teaching for years. Suddenly, the Lord was bringing people from that area – by the droves. So we decided to organize a separate service to take place there. We thank God for our two brothers who have been helping lead that service: Aleper Emmy and Lokeris Simon Peter. More recently, Angyela Paul has enthusiastically joined them. Please pray for these three brothers and for all the people in attendance that God would do great things to build them up in the grace and knowledge of Christ.
As I suggested in my sermon today, the shepherds were given a picture of their own future if their trust would be in that newborn baby. It is this hope which we share with the Karimojong and with all who trust in Him, the hope of singing with the angels in heavenly glory forever. Such a marvelous reward was purchased by the Christ-child who, in being born, had already begun that perfect work which would culminate in his death and resurrection for our salvation.
We pray that this Christmas season and always you might enjoy every blessing in Him!
David, Sunshine, Caleb, Megan and Jacob
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