A year ago we began a process of designing a Christmas presentation that could bridge the "meaning" gap here in Thailand. Many Thais have an understanding of Christmas in the secular-western sense, yet they know little or nothing of Jesus. In our two major outreaches this weekend, Santa (the secular figure) and an angel from heaven (the bridge) together introduced the children and their parents to the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and why knowing him is important to their eternal destiny.
This element of bridge building, a form of contextualization, allows us to connect the dots between what is known and understood to what is yet unknown or misunderstood. For nearly 200 children this weekend, the good news was presented to them clearly and a meaningful portion of relevant scripture in the form of a specifically Asian-themed Christmas version of the Book of Hope was also given to each child.
Please join us in praying for the children and their families, some of whom heard the gospel for the very first time. Pray that the message we presented was understood. Pray that the truth contained in the pages of their new Book of Hope will be read and comprehended. Pray that each person, young or old, will respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit from what they learned this weekend and from their Book of Hope. Pray for our Thai ministry partners who will be following up with each family. And pray for Tammy, Rebecca, and I as we prepare to dive back into weekly English outreaches in these two communities after the New Year's break.
Special thanks to OneHope
and OneHope Thailand
for providing the printed Book of Hope at no charge. This is an awesome worldwide ministry and one we encourage you to support them as they seek to reach every child in the world with the eternity changing Word of God.