Friday, December 21, 2012
Just a short note to thank you all for your diligent prayers through 2012! It’s so clear that God has guided our steps through this season, and will continue faithfully into the future. He is good, and His love endures forever!
Thanks also, to all of our financial supporters! Your generous donations make this ministry possible!
(Dec 18 Reading from John Piper's "Good News of Great Joy" below)
Paul Muzzin and I, along with 5 TBS students enjoyed on our 2nd SPARK! event December 7-9.
o During our debrief, one student commented on her amazingly positive evangelism experience, and another student immediately indicated a desire to serve in an ongoing way in one of our GTA ministries!
Preparation for events in the New Year
o This is an ongoing request. There’s still a lot of prep to be done!
Megan and Carly were in the GCVI school drama, “North Pole Inc.” They both did so well! I was pleased to see the “Ginter” name on the roster twice, in a small group of 19 actors! (Can you tell who played the "elf" and who played the "harried marketing exec?"
Vacation is happening! With the way Christmas and New Years falls this year, and my remaining vacation days in 2012, I’ll be spending time with family from this afternoon until January 7! Yay!! Our Christmas vacation includes a trip to New York City, to visit special friends that have transitioned from Spain to minister there. We hope to visit Chase and Katie (Young Life), Daniel and Jessica (Betel), and Kevin and Jeannie (World Team). And we get to stay in Steve and Ann’s (World Team) apartment during this time! We feel blessed to enjoy this trip!
May God grant you all a strong sense of His glorious presence as we celebrate the first coming of our Glorious God and King, in anticipation of His much awaited return! In His great joy and grace, we will continue to serve until His Salvation and Reign are evident to ALL!
Jacob, Karen, Megan and Carly
The Christmas Model for Missions
“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the
world.” —John 17:18
Christmas is a model for missions. Missions is a mirror of Christmas. As I, so you.
For example, danger. Christ came to his own and his own received him not. So you. They plotted against him. So you. He had no permanent home. So you. They trumped up false charges against him. So you. They whipped and mocked him. So you. He died after three years of ministry. So you.
But there is a worse danger than any of these which Jesus escaped. So you!
In the mid-16th century Francis Xavier (1506–1552), a Catholic missionary, wrote to Father Perez of Malacca (today part of Indonesia) about the perils of his mission to China. He said,
"The danger of all dangers would be to lose trust and confidence in the mercy of God… To distrust him would be a far more terrible thing than any physical evil which all the enemies of God put together could inflict on us, for without God’s permission neither the devils nor their human ministers could hinder us in the slightest degree."
The greatest danger a missionary faces is to distrust the mercy of God. If that danger is avoided, then all other dangers lose their sting.
God makes every dagger a scepter in our hand. As J.W. Alexander says, “Each instant of present labor is to be graciously repaid with a million ages of glory.”
Christ escaped the danger of distrust. Therefore God has highly exalted him!
Remember this Advent that Christmas is a model for missions. As I, so you. And that mission means danger. And that the greatest danger is distrusting God’s mercy. Succumb to this, and all is lost. Conquer here, and nothing can harm you for a million ages.
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