I’ve been listening to Christmas music since June. My favorite Christmas albums include the “Andy Williams Christmas Album,” Amy Grant’s “Home for Christmas,” and “Christmas” by Michael Bublé. I’ve also been enjoying the Christmas renditions from an a cappella group called Pentatonix. I’m always on the lookout for new renditions.
here are exceptions, of course. Like the “Funny Cat’s” songs. Someone actually recorded cats meowing in different keys and put entire Christmas songs together. I tried to listen but coughed up a hair ball.
One of the things I like about the “new” renditions is how a different twist on an old song can make it seem brand new.
This happens constantly here at LOGOI.
Earlier this month, we learned of Pastor Miguel in Mexico who recently discovered our “new” updated version of our “old” FLET Bible study courses. These Bible courses have been available since the 1970s and over 200,000 have taken at least one course with us. Miguel was very excited with his “new” discovery and eager to begin. Upon registering, Patty, our FLET registrar, also told him about all our free Bible resources and how LOGOI could help his ministry.
Well, Christmas came early to Miguel. In the next few hours, he may have set a new record in Bible resource downloads. In subsequent communications, Miguel was so eager to be a part of LOGOI’s family he offered to send us photos and details about his ministry so we could really see what he is doing in his very small town of Colonia La Puerta. Several days later we learned he drove three hours to the US border, crossed legally, and found a US Post Office so he could mail us a flash drive full of photos and videos about his ministry.
What a joy to serve and help Pastor Miguel. Amazingly, with just a few detail changes, this story is repeated over and over again by our national missionaries.
Along similar lines, one of our Christmas wishes is for true freedoms to come to Cuba. News that Fidel Castro died made headlines across the world. Our thoughts immediately turned to the many hundreds of pastors and national missionaries we serve throughout the island. Over the years our FLET Bible study books have been reproduced on banana leaf paper and have been hand transcribed so others could read them. One text book is usually passed on dozens of times from one person to the next.
We recently received this statement from one of our key contacts there:
“Cuba is once again in the world news. But we want the world to know that men and women who love Christ are part of Cuba, too. We will be here no matter what the future brings—serving and praying for our Cuban brothers and sisters until God calls us to our true home.”
This year, some 2,000 national missionaries have been added to LOGOI’s family. From Cuba to Chile to Spain to even a place called Andorra: a tiny, independent principality situated between France and Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains. The pictures on Google look like a winter postcard. One of our national missionaries is in this 79,218-citizen “postcard.”
Each national missionary has a unique story of God at work in and through their lives. Jesus said, “the harvest is great, but the workers are few,” and He has given us the joy of helping some of the few who proclaim the Good News. In a sobering note Jesus added, “Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10).
Together, God is enabling us to help send some of His lambs throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Our job is to help equip them, train them, and encourage them. After all, they are lambs among wolves. But wolves are no match for the real reason we celebrate Christmas:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6–7
Thank you for your faithful prayers and partnership with us at LOGOI. This Christmas, we boldly ask for you to give generously as God enables. May we joyfully continue the work before us and rejoice for “the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son” (John 1:14).
Preparations to offer you our very special FiveDollarMission Grandparents’ ministry are well underway. Like a wonderful Christmas feast cooking in the kitchen, we can hardly wait to serve it to you. It will be a major focus for us in 2017.
We think you will enjoy this Ed Thompson video of “A Strange Way to Save the World.” Enjoy!