“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving” Psalm 69:30 (NIV)
This year’s theme for the Christmas Angel appeal is Giving Thanks to God– Tuku whakawhetai ki te Atua. It’s a reminder that, for all the challenges of 2020, there are always things to be grateful for.
We are grateful for 14-year-old Sonali who was baptised earlier this year. Her relationship with Jesus started with an unexpected Christmas gift, from an anonymous person, in 2019.
We are grateful for the beginning of the WovenLife Teen Star programme, and the education young girls in South East Asia are receiving around sexual health. In communities where trafficking is prevalent, this type of education is necessary.
We are grateful the five-year proforma, a registration of our NGO’s work in South Asia, was approved by government officials. The approval allows our work to continue for another five years and provides visas for another 25 people to join the multi-national team.
We are grateful for new life, and congratulate Joel and Lizzie on the birth of their daughter, LJ, in November.
We are grateful for answers to prayer.
Though this has been a year of the unexpected, one thing that we can be 100% certain of is God’s love and care for the people of this world. The mission heart of God continues to beat. As NZ Baptists, we can be proud of the way we continue to focus our thoughts, giving and actions to those in need.
Leading into Christmas, from the 1st December, we will release videos from our wider NZBMS team to showcase the many things they have been grateful for in 2020. We ask that you take some time to reflect and do the same.
As we have prepared these materials, we have been encouraged by great stories of renewal, generosity and compassion. It has been exciting to hear of baptisms, new friendships, and the sharing of the Good News. The Spirit of God is moving and is drawing people around the globe closer to Himself.
For this appeal, we ask that you give so that we can continue to serve Jesus in our overseas communities.
All of our Christmas Angel resources can be downloaded from the NZBMS online resources folder. If you do not have access to this online folder, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
To supplement this appeal, Jay Matenga, Executive Officer (Director) of Missions Interlink, has written and produced a worship song for groups and churches to sing together. The motivation behind preparing such a song, is to have voices across Aotearoa, worshipping the Lord Jesus with an attitude of thankfulness this Christmas.
Chords, lyrics, and a video of the song can be downloaded from our resources folder.
If you do not have access to this online folder, please contact email@example.com for access.