The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14 (NIV)
We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas this year in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the Mouwase people are excited about “seeing” Jesus in the Jesus Film (video below).
Jesse Tree and Christmas Carols
Christina co-hosted a Jesse Tree Ornament exchange with almost 20 ladies in Ukarumpa (our support center). Jesse Tree ornaments are an excellent reminder that the stories of the Old Testament all point to Jesus, from Creation, to Abraham, David, the many prophecies about the Messiah, and much more.
We are also looking forward to the our annual “Christmas Carols and Cookies” event. It’s fun to gather with people from our community from all different cultures to sing favorite Christmas carols and enjoy Christmas treats together. This year we plan to have a candlelight portion too.
Mouwase Jesus Film Dedication
The Mouwase language group is celebrating Christmas in a whole new way this year, they just dedicated the Jesus Film in Mouwase! The Jesus Film is based on the book of Luke, has been translated into almost 1700 languages throughout the world, and has been shown to over 8 billion people since 1979. As many people “see” Jesus, they realize that the stories about Jesus are true and their hearts are opened to His gift of eternal life.
I love the awe and wonder in the faces of the people watching the Jesus Film in this picture:
One Mouwase speaker said this about watching the Jesus Film in her own language:
“This film is about Christmas. Sometimes . . . we have Christmas at home and people try to read the story of Jesus [but] it’s been written in different languages so our people don’t really understand why we celebrate Christmas… But today, it’s written in our own language and… when this Christmas comes everyone will enjoy it because they will hear the voice spoken in their own language.”
Click below to watch a video about the Mouwase Jesus Film Dedication:
You can learn more about the Jesus Film here: www.jesusfilm.org/
Prayer and Praise
- Praise: Mikayla has decided to follow Jesus!!
- Prayer: For our children to grasp the true meaning of Christmas.
- Prayer: For additional people with technical and linguistic skills to help with the work in James’ office.
- Praise: We had a wonderful visit with James’ parents!
Merry Christmas!! May you have a deeper understanding of Christ’s love as you celebrate His birth!
James and Christina