Fall is upon us and Christmas is fast approaching. For those of us who live in affluent countries, Christmas is a festive holiday when we take some time off from work; exchange gifts with friends and family; and enjoy the bustle of shopping, Christmas trees, and lights. For some of us, it is a time for reflection and prayer to celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ, and to enjoy the company of loved ones. But for the indigenous ministries living in remote, destitute corners of the world, Christmas has a special significance. I will give you a glimpse of Christmas over there…
Many ministries in South Asia reach non-believers with the gospel during the Christmas season. Christians invite people from other religions to their homes and share stories with neighbors about their Christian beliefs and the meaning of Christmas. Christians are able to connect with people who are normally reluctant to enter a church, but are willing to visit a neighbor’s home. Christmas is the best time for outreach in South Asia. Ministries make inroads to isolated communities that are sometimes even hostile toward Christians by showing their goodwill, sharing stories from the Bible, and offering gifts to children.
Millions of unreached people still exist, the majority of whom live in the Indian subcontinent. AIM’s primary objective is to reach these unreached people through indigenous ministries. Local ministry leaders, many of whom have served as indigenous missionaries for over 20 years, report that their biggest hurdle in sharing the Good News is that native people view Christianity as a foreigner’s religion. Indigenous missionaries are working tirelessly to replace such misconceptions with the message of Christ, but often they lack basic support.
I recently met Nabin, a missionary teacher in Bangladesh from an unreached tribe, who also happened to be one of the first believers from that tribe and village. This young servant of God teaches children during the day, but also works as a minimum wage laborer in his spare time to provide for his family.
This young missionary’s work is important because we know that most people who decide to follow Christ do so before they turn 20 years old. It is imperative that we help these native missionaries reach children with the gospel before other radical ideologies take root in their young minds.
Please take a look at the various ways you can be part of indigenous ministries’ Christmas outreaches. Make this a special Christmas by joining with our native missionaries to share the gift of Christ’s love.
In Christ’s love,