Spending the holidays away from family and friends can be hard. It can be even harder when you are on the other side of the world. Last Christmas my team and I spent the month of December in Namibia, Africa. Our team had the mission of finding possible contacts for Adventures in Missions. We landed in Namibia with nowhere to stay, knew no one, and relied only on God to provide. I could spend hours talking about all God did in Namibia, but that is for another time.
After a few weeks in Windhoek and Swakopmund, we made our way up to the northern part of Namibia, Ongwediva. A pastor let us stay in his family’s guest house, complete with air conditioning, a kitchen, and a room for each of us. This may not seem like a noteworthy situation, but after sleeping in 100-degree weather with only a fan, air conditioning was a godsend! During our two-week stay we met several potential ministry contacts. One of them invited us to his church on Christmas Day.
We woke up Christmas morning excited to experience a Namibian Christmas Day church service. We rode about 15 minutes in the back of a pickup truck to the church, a large concrete building that could fit several hundred people, and spent the next four hours worshipping and listening to a sermon we honestly didn’t think would ever end. Seeing them worship so intently for so long was amazing and convicting. They showed me the true meaning of Christmas and the true stature our bodies should have on this day, on our knees with our hands lifted high.
I thought just a few days ago about the Christmas story in the Bible and how the angels came to the shepherds in the field. John 2:13-14 says:
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When I was pondering over these two verses I wondered why God thought it necessary to show a “multitude of the heavenly host” rejoicing after another angel told the shepherds about Jesus’s birth. Then it hit me. God sent the angels to reveal to the shepherds and the earth that the birth of Jesus would bring glory to Him!
This glory was reflected that day in Namibia. Hundreds of people rejoiced and worshipped in ways I had never seen, for longer than I had ever experienced, over the birth of our Savior. They were completely in the presence of the Lord and it was amazing to witness.
I challenge you today to center this Christmas on
the real reason for the season,
Bring praises to the name of Jesus this Christmas!
Christmas in Namibia is something I will never forget. Make this Christmas one you will never forget.
I would love to hear how you are going to focus on Jesus this Christmas. Please share with me in the comments.
Hey everyone, this is Brenda and I just want to say, you don’t want to miss what is next. Watch the video! Morgan takes southern cooking to Africa! Love it!
Check out this video my team mate Josh Stoneman made about our Christmas Day in Namibia.
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