Good day from the Marshall Islands. Shawn, Richard and I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. It is a wonderful time of year to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Truly He is the greatest gift every given to the world. The birthday of the King who came to give Himself so that we may be redeemed. Praise The Lord! I am writing this post the day after Christmas for us here in the Pacific. This entire month has been one continuous celebration of the goodness of God!
The first Sunday of December here in the Marshall Islands we celebrate, Gospel Day. It is a national holiday for the coming of the good news to the islands. It is also called by some thanksgiving day similar to our Thanksgiving holiday in the states. However, they are celebrating the greatest gift ever given. The gift of the good news of the coming of Jesus. The last two weeks of November all the way up to Christmas Day music can be heard everywhere at night. Groups all over are practicing their programs for Christmas day.
Starting Christmas morning churches gather and groups travel all over Majuro. Dancing, singing and celebrating Jesus. It lasts all day and all night with many churches ending early in the morning on the 26th. It is one continual birthday party for Jesus. Glory to God! It is so awesome to watch the people celebrating Jesus without fear of persecution or backlash. Everywhere you go people say Merry Christmas and you know what? They know what Christmas is all about! It is about Jesus. Not about gifts or food it is about the coming of Jesus! Praise the Lord!
At our church Majuro International English Church, (MIEC), we do things a little different on Christmas day. This year we gathered at 10 am at the church and from there we went to the hospital and to the prison. We sang and prayed for the sick and gave gifts to those in prison. It is always a blessing to see eyes light up that seem to have no hope. After that we returned to the church and packed up boxes of food and gifts. From there we went out to our neighbors around the church and blessed twenty families. Glory to God! We finished up this year around 3 in the afternoon.
It was an awesome Christmas. So today as you celebrate Christmas we want to thank you for your prayers and support. Because you are our partners in the Gospel here in the islands. Remember, everyday is Christmas. Everyday you can give someone the gift of eternal life. Step out and show His love to the world today. May you prosper in all that you do in the might name of Jesus. God bless and good night from the islands of the sea.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and Richard
Majuro, Marshall Islands