by Malcolm Guite
We think of him as safe beneath the steeple
Or cosy in a crib beside the font,
But he is with a million displaced people
On the long road of weariness and want.
For even as we sing our final carol
His family is up and on that road,
Fleeing the wrath of someone else’s quarrel,
Glancing behind and shouldering their load.
Whilst Herod rages still from his dark tower
Christ clings to Mary, fingers tightly curled,
The lambs are slaughtered by the men of power,
And death squads spread their curse across the world.
But every Herod dies, and comes alone
To stand before the Lamb upon the throne.
CWC is still praying and waiting to be matched with an Afghan refugee family resettling in Colorado Springs. Please continue to pray:
- for the family's adjustment and recovery from trauma
- for housing
- for good schools, teachers, and friends for each child
- for our team to be prepared to minister cross-culturally with the love of Jesus!
We are also supporting the refugee ministry as they set up an apartment for the family. If you are upgrading furniture or household goods this Christmas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any of the following to donate (new or gently-used, please):
- Dining Room table & chairs
- Bed frames (especially twin-size)
- Mattresses & box springs (especially twin-size)
- Bath towels
- Sheets (especially Queen-or twin-size)
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
CWC Missionary Michael Parks shares that Afghan followers of Jesus, especially church leaders, are being hunted. If they are caught, they are imprisoned, tortured, and killed.
Mike and his team are working to rescue 8 people from Afghanistan. Mike's friend and co-worker (we'll use the fictitious name "Ahmed" for security), along with his family, remain in hiding from the Taliban. Ahmed is a leader in the Church of Afghanistan. Ahmed shared,
"Mike, my family are living house to house trying to stay away from the Taliban...if they catch me they will kill me."
They have been on the move for two weeks. Please pray as Mike continues to work alongside other organizations to evacuate the family.
- Mercy on Ahmed and his family. For them to be able to obtain passports and to have a safe route out of Afghanistan.
- Wisdom for Mike and team as they collaborate with various organizations to help Ahmed & his family escape.
Praise God for the new soccer outreach Matt & Noelle Harris have been part of creating in Gulu, Uganda!
COVID & lockdowns had left the youth very aimless and idle. Matt heard that a group of preteens from his village was setting up roadblocks to rob travelers. Prayer for these youth led to the opening of the Yalwak Manyen Football Club (YMFC). Yalwak Manyen is an Acholi phrase meaning, "new generation." Their prayer is that each new generation will grow in godliness compared to the one before it.
- They have a great place to meet already, and God has given them them finances to buy 5 acres of land to develop into a small community center.
- God blessed the club with a manager/coach, David, who previously worked with Matt at BAM Enterprises (the business arm of the ministry) for several years. He is a gifted evangelist with past experience and training working with sports and children.
- After only 1 month, 40 children meet 3 afternoons a week to learn about God and how to play soccer. They have memorized many scriptures and the majority quickly accepted Christ as their Savior!
- Children's parents are giving testimonies that they have seen great changes in their children's attitudes, behavior, and sense of responsibility.
- for wisdom as Matt & Noelle shepherd those entrusted to them (their children Emma, Madeline, Noah, and Charlotte; their foster daughter Apio; the pastors-in-training; the children in the soccer outreach, and many more!).
- that the soccer kids' families will also accept Christ.
- for finances to develop the land into a community center and park.
- for Matt & Noelle's Christmas. Circumstances canceled the planned visit from Matt's parents, so please pray that God will encourage the Harris family and help them to feel enveloped in love during this Christmas season.
Praises from Janice Evans, CWC Missionary in Ukraine:
- the new church plant continues to grow in health.
- the girls' study is also going well. They are studying the women of the Bible, and one girl's mother even comes occasionally.
- an extra gift allowed Janice to pay for blood transfusions for Mila, the young girl suffering from cancer.
- Mila is still not doing well, in spite of blood transfusions. They only help for a few days. Please pray that God will heal this little girl, and that He will reach her and the rest of her family with the good news of His love for them.
- There is continued unrest between Ukraine & Russia. Please pray for the people of Ukraine to be delivered from the threat of war.
Praise God for the completion of fundraising for Stage I of Project Nuru, the building project for Mathare Worship Centre (MWC) in Mathare Valley Slum, Nairobi, Kenya!
Stage I fundraising was completed 6 months earlier than anticipated, and allows MWC to clear the land, complete payment for the architects, and build a strong foundation for the new church and community building!
- against continued unrest in the boarding high schools of Kenya. Kenya's government attempted to stuff 2 years of school into one due to last year's COVID shutdowns. Stress and long stretches without holiday breaks have contributed to over 35 Kenyan schools being set on fire by students in the last month. Pray for the Hope's Promise (HP) Sanctuary of Hope teens to stay safe and clear of the unrest and destruction.
- for the continued selection of children and families from Mathare Valley to become part of HP's new relative-based care programs. Pray for the 18 children and families who are already part of the program to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God & man.
Praise God for the growth of Uncle Francis (UF), one of the children with special needs in Gbarnga, Unganda.
UF was born without arms and with other physical challenges. His family abandoned him at the hospital and another family took him in. UF has learned to walk, talk, hold a pen with the part of an arm he has, and now has started school. The family is supported with therapy and training and nutrition through the His Safe Haven outreach program.
Please pray for the continued growth and health of His Safe Haven! Liberia is a nation that does everything in its power to kill and get rid of children with special needs, as they are considered "snake children" or "demon children. " Special needs children are considered the lowest of the low in Liberian culture, so for families to decide to raise a special needs child in their own home is incredible.