Note From the Board – Ken Martin
The Christmas season is here and it’s easy to get lost in the details of finding and delivering gifts, preparing decorations, planning elaborate meals and parties, or other seasonal “requirements” in our lives, and it is easy to lose grasp of why we do these things. For many it is the carrying on of traditions from childhood mixed with the newer traditions added when we marry or accept new people into our families, businesses, organizations. We hear seasonal songs or take part in annual occasions that transport us back to memorable occasions or specific moments from our past; some we cherish, some make us laugh, some cause yearning for people who have passed on or places that will never be the same, some are painful and are best left behind, and for some, the season holds no real meaning or joy.
In the midst of “busyness” and sometimes meaningless tradition, it is good to be reminded of the one simple and profound reason for the season: God’s everlasting Love, His gift to us in the baby Jesus. Most people who have heard of the saving grace of Jesus the Christ will know of the manger scene depicting the very humble beginning of the life of Immanuel: God with us. That Jesus the Son of God came to live among us is our reason for the season and is the source of immutable joy to those who believe in Him and in what He taught. Jesus is salvation from the depths to which life can push or pull.
Among many things the gift of Jesus is love, it is joy, it is peace, it is forgiveness, it is hope.
It is our fervent intent that Unite 4 Africa embodies these attributes, wherever our feet walk the earth, and to whatever we set our hands. We humbly thank you for your part in God’s work through Unite 4 Africa, your prayers and support in whatever form or fashion you are led are invaluable as we seek to change the lives we encounter in Africa by empowering and encouraging and building up, in the name of the one name above all names, Jesus. May God continue to hold you close to Him and guide you in His perfect Love.