The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas, as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas Day. It prepares us for the celebration of the birth of Christ but also reminds us that we eagerly await his second advent. As Advent Christians, our belief and focus on the imminent return of Christ certainly enhances our celebration of the four advent messages. Throughout history, the Israelites anticipated the coming of their Messiah. Over 400 Scriptures and prophecies outline his birth, life, death, resurrection and return.
B. Balu Nayak
INDIA – YJM Ministry Partner
Pastor B. Balu Nayak
Pastor Balu Nayak is the leader of a ministry known as Balunayak Banjara Tribal Ministries based in the town of Mahabubabad in the state of Telangana, India. He is a member of the Banjara tribal community himself and ministers in two other areas besides Mahabubabad: Baluthanda and Salarthanda.
He heard the call of the Lord to this ministry 16 years ago and has been ministering the gospel and carrying out various social services for his people ever since. They originally had no buildings in any of their ministry areas and held open-air services under trees, in homes and occasionally in rented tents. They have subsequently built a small church building in Baluthanda and are slowly building a larger church and accommodation building in Mahabubabad.
SEEKING CAMP MANAGER – SANTA CRUZ, CA.
Camp Santa Cruz, an Advent Christian year-round camp ministry in Northern California, is looking for a camp manager. The responsibilities are varied – marketing and bookings, managing the camps and rental houses, and managing vendors who do facilities repairs and landscaping. Ability to perform some of the repairs/landscaping is desired.
Being able to complete all the above with a Christ-like attitude is crucial. The camp presents an incredible amount of opportunity to bless the kingdom in many different ways and the new manager will need to be a strong believer who is committed to the Lord Jesus and is mature in the faith.
Compensation will include housing, base pay and commission. Applicants should be willing to live in a close community and like the smell of the ocean.
For more information contact Bruce Jones, email@example.com.
Early December Highlights
From Jeff Walsh, Director of International Missions
Here’s a few mission highlights I’d like to make you aware of:
Christmas in October – Gifts were sent in November to our active and retired missionaries as well as to our affiliated ministry partners. We’ve already heard back from people in several countries with notes of appreciation and encouragement.
“The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reasons for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.” – Warren W. Wiersbe
Last Sunday at Dulin’s Grove Church, our pastor gave an opportunity for people to share what they were thankful for going into this week of Thanksgiving. It was exciting to hear about things people were thankful for – and they were not just simple things. They shared how God allowed them to worship him even in their weakness, how he not only provided but set their minds to looking for how he was going to miraculously supply during tough times, and how he is God on the mountains and in the valleys of life. We have so much to be thankful for in our world today and we need to stop and count our blessings.