Each Christmas we make our yearly mountain trip to remote areas of the Andes Mountains. God provided again this year, through His people, to give gifts and food to children like this little guy and the people of his area. There are no stores where he lives––there isn’t even bread. Because these people live far above the tree line, there is no firewood. Bread puts a smile on their faces and provides an opening to their hearts to share the Christ of Christmas. This precious child received gifts this Christmas because God’s people care for the lost and the hungry and because our Bolivian church sees the need to reach their own people––even the need to go to this remote mountain area to share the Good News. Now, this little guy will grow up with the light of the world shining in his village.
1 Peter 2:9 says, “that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (NIV)
It is an area without electricity. There are no lights. People walked more than four hours to reach us just to get bread and food. The word spread throughout the mountains that missionaries were in the area––more came.
Our generator provided electricity. We strung lights and lit a small area to preach the gospel at nightly meetings to this area without a gospel witness. With our projector, we showed the Jesus film in Quechua––the peoples’ first language. They listened, they heard, and many accepted Jesus. Now they will always have light––the Light of the world living in them.
We washed hair.
We gave bread.
We gave gifts.
We brought smiles to faces of parents.
Tummies were filled.
Parents brought their children and heard the Good News.
She’ll now grow up with the Light in her village.
She now has shoes and warm clothes.
This mother ate bread and received the Bread of Life.
“And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14c (NIV)
We go so they will hear. They are never too young or too old to accept Christ, but they can only hear if we go to tell them the Good News. We got there in time for this precious lady to accept Christ. She has eternal life because someone went to tell her that Jesus is the way to heaven. We may never see her again on this earth, but we will see her in heaven one day––we all will see her if we believe in the One who was born on Christmas morning and died on the cross to pay for our sins. Won’t it be a glorious day when these saints say “Thank You” to all who gave and prayed so they could be there with us throughout eternity? Thank you for your help and prayers to reach the world with the gospel–even to the ends of the earth.