The Greatest Gifts

Originally published in The Global Voice, Volume 18, Issue 4, December 24, 2018.
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Students at the Institute for G.O.D. East Africa look over gifts that had just been distributed to them: backpacks, embroidered polos, pens and books —necessities to accompany the gift of tuition already supplied to them.

Students at the Institute for G.O.D. East Africa look over gifts that had just been distributed to them: backpacks, embroidered polos, pens and books —necessities to accompany the gift of tuition already supplied to them.

The story of God sending his Son into the world to save humanity is the impetus for celebration all over the world today. The angelic announcement that declared “peace and good will toward humanity” is one of profound hope in a world so often characterized by sorrow. “For unto you, born this day… a Savior…” Someone to save us. Someone to guide us. Someone sent from God to show us the way to live out the human life in a world hostile to God and his desire for good. 

I am deeply touched by the generosity that can characterize this season. All over the world people are thinking about others. Toys are collected for children who otherwise wouldn’t have any, giving them a glimpse into the joyful innocence of childhood where they are safe enough to play. Roofs are put on homes unfinished or devastated by disaster. School fees are paid for both the child to attend and the parents to be alleviated from the shame of not having their child in school. Visitations and songs for the elderly, the sick, and the orphan have been orchestrated by everyone from church groups to civic organizations to coffee shop friends. All over the world, all of this generosity is happening as a result of the kindness of our great God who gave himself to an uninviting world and showed us that his way of love is how humanity can navigate the turbulence of human experience. 

In El Salvador, families gather on our campus for games, food and celebration. We’re grateful for scenes like this, where children can play in safety, and for the part you play in making it happen.

In El Salvador, families gather on our campus for games, food and celebration. We’re grateful for scenes like this, where children can play in safety, and for the part you play in making it happen.

In the name of Jesus, I want to encourage all of you to take God’s Spirit that should characterize this season, and let it usher in your New Year and continue with you into 2019. You don’t need to get extreme, just a little will go a long way. A little more compassion. A little more kindness. A little more humility, gentleness, patience, love… Pray a little longer. Serve a little more. Worship with a little more passion. 

After all, please remember, though things start little, they can grow into something that changes the world. The little baby who was born on this day has forever changed history and brought salvation to all who believe. Amen.

In this edition of the Global Voice, you will read powerful testimonies of how lives were changed by the “little” that people did for others, in the name of Jesus. I pray that you will be blessed to hear from these, our friends, our brothers and sisters, who today are experiencing the salvation of God and the transformative power of his love. Thank you! All of you! For being vessels of that love through your generosity, prayers, and support. 

I love you and God bless you!

Gregg