When Mary visited Elizabeth, the baby inside her jumped for joy in expectation of what was to come! What promise and hope of the birth of Christ. When Jesus came to this earth in a lowly manger he entered into a world that was indifferent, a world that was under oppression, and a world that needed a savior.
Today we face the same challenges. Our world regards the spiritual life as unimportant, we see oppression of the poor, nations repressing their own people, and political powers scrambling to destroy each other. We find people lost to substance abuse, trapped by fear of evil spirits, and in despair without hope and needing a reason to live.
And yet into this world even today our Savior still brings this new hope of living an abundant life with eternal reward. It has been this great expectation and hope that drives the many servants of the Lord all across the continent of Africa to keep proclaiming this glad message of Christ redeeming power to the lost and broken hearted. Michelle and I have had the privilege to be part of that team here in South Africa and praise God for the transition of 2018 with the hope of further growth in 2019.