Luke 14: 16-23 “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to tell the guests, “Come, the banquet is ready.” But they all began making excuses. One said, “I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.” Another said, ‘I have just brought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, “I now have a wife, so I can’t come.”
The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said “Go quickly into the streets and alleys of town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. After the servant had done this, he reported, “There is still room for more”. So his master said, “Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.”
Christmas Angel this year is set around the parable of the Great Feast found in Luke 14, with a specific focus on the forgotten and mistreated. The ones on society’s periphery. Our Tranzsend team serve in communities where many are oppressed and vulnerable. Through our ministries, we are inviting them to the banquet and trusting that through this, Jesus will draw them into relationship with Himself.
This year the NZBMS Christmas Angel appeal is a little bit different. Our team have prepared reflections of what this parable means for their community. Some have written stories, others poems, and others have drawn pictures. One by one, these reflections will be posted daily onto the website over the next couple of weeks. Peter in East Asia has written and performed the song ‘Hurry Out’. This is the soundtrack for this year’s Christmas Angel video.
Christmas Angel is one of our major fundraising appeals. Gifts received for this appeal goes towards the work of NZBMS. Here are a few examples:
- Aid & development
- Resourcing and mobilizing NZ Baptists
- Pastoral Care
- Social Services
- Community development
- Freedom initiatives
- NZ office administration
Please consider giving towards this appeal and the work of NZBMS. Our work overseas would not be possible without the gifts of our generous financial supporters.
Gifts can be donated through the Tranzsend website using the donation page.
MAKE A DONATION
Contact the NZBMS office on 09 526 8444 to donate via internet banking. Alternatively, cheques can be sent to:
PO Box 12149,
Penrose, Auckland 1642