Dear Family & Friends,
The gifts that the wise men brought to Jesus were expensive. Like bringing a few iPads or iPhones to a baby, expensive, but thankfully much more meaningful. Because of Jesus we can come to God without needing to have an expensive gift. God actually doesn't want us to bring anything but ourselves. What a relief! As we sit around this Christmas we reflect on how great a gift God gave us in his Son, and how the only gift we can give God is ourselves. During this past year we've been blessed to visit with some of you to share about the pastors we're working with in Mexico and elsewhere, and what we've realized through spending time with you is what a gift your friendship is to us. We've loved having the privilege to find out more about your lives, and how we can pray for you. You are truly the best gift we can have moving forward.
Your prayers and support are changing the world!
Pastor David and his wife live 3 hours south of Puerto Vallarta. A major hurricane struck their town last year, and when one of my Mexican leaders and I visited with them in September they were very discouraged. They had felt called to reach out to an indigenous indian community an hour away from their town, but many of the leaders they had trained had moved away. They said in September that they were tired of struggling to reach these people. We invited them to the conference, and they met another pastor from their area who heard about their ministry and has agreed to partner with them. Pastor David just wrote me yesterday. He says (translated from Spanish) "Praise God brother for those special people with hearts of servants who came and served us like kings at the conference in October. We came beaten up and empty of hope, but God filled us up with is never stopping joy and now we are faithfully sharing Jesus with newer communities. Please greet all of the Americans who were with us and those who help with the conferences (financial supporters) that we know you love us, and we will serve Jesus even more because of you. God bless you!" Your gifts matter, they really do.
Know we're thinking of you this Christmas!
Chuck & Colleen Edmunds