Celebrating Christmas Around the World

Christmas is a time of anticipation and hope for Christians around the world. That Jesus Christ came to earth, God in human flesh as Redeemer and Reconciler is the reason for all weary souls to rejoice.

While the themes of Christmas are the same for each Christian, how we celebrate the advent of Jesus is not. The work that With Open Eyes does in fourteen countries around the world offers a fresh perspective on the impact not only of Christmas but the Gospel of Jesus. In the face of persecutions and hardships, the men and women we’ve met have been filled with the light of hope and joy, even as they fight against despair and worry.

To honor some of the countries we serve, we wanted to share the unique ways they celebrate Christmas. Traditions, meals, festivals and the like are all a part of the worldwide, yet unique way the body of Christ celebrates His birth. Read more

Do Not Be Afraid

I’m struck this week by the number of times in the gospel narrative of the birth of Jesus that I find the words, “Do not be afraid.”

– When the angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias in the Temple to announce the forerunner of the Christ, he said, Do not be afraid.”
When God sent the angel named Gabriel to visit Mary to reveal to her God’s plan to send His Son, he said, “Do not be afraid, Mary.”
When Joseph was struggling with Mary’s pregnancy and whether to follow through on his marriage commitment, an angel of the Lord spoke to him in a dream saying, “Do not be afraid.”
When an angel stood before shepherds in the darkness of the Bethlehem countryside to announce the birth of Jesus, he said to them, “Do not be afraid.”

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A Special Christmas in Namanga Kenya

“Merry Christmas!
hoping you are celebrating the birth of Our Saviour in good health both spiritually and physically!
Attached herewith are some photos of Namanga kids celebrating their Christmas!
They thank you so much for putting a smile on their faces more so; the orphans who are clothed and fed!
They are so happy and praying for you that the Almighty may Bless you abundantly!
We wish you all the best as you continue celebrating!
Blessings!” – Cities of Refuge Ministries, Namanga Kenya

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