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January

January 1999 News

Vol. 2, No. 1
1/20/1999

Dear supporter,

As I reflect over the joys of the holiday season we all just experienced, I am continually reminded of the amazing gift God so graciously gave us through His Son, Jesus Christ. I trust each one reading this letter had the opportunity to focus on the joy of remembering the birth of our Lord. He came into this world for one purpose... to give the gift of everlasting life to every human being.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” - John 14:6 NLT

So, why is it that so many people, young and old, do not understand that Jesus Christ loves them so much He wants to give them life eternal? It may be because they have never heard of this good news.

I am challenged more and more as I continue to raise support as a missionary with Great Commission Ministries that God desires for me to share this truth with young people.

The Light of His Love:

During the Christmas Eve candlelight service I attended with my parents we were reminded of the beautiful “light” that God shines in and through our hearts once we believe in Him. The “light” of our lives in Christ is a wonderful way to shine forth the message of His love. I desire to be a shining light and pray my flame burns brightly enough to ignite what God is doing in the lives of those I meet.

Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” - John 8:12 NLT

Just as the “great” light in the sky guided the wise men to see the Messiah (Matthew 2:1-9) I believe we have been given the light in our countenance through the Holy Spirit to help guide ones to the One True Light... Christ.

Why Target the Young?

Each time I hear a story of a young person who hasn’t been given a chance at life my heart cries out. Through these stories I know God is reminding me why He has called me to be in ministry.

“Consider Jesse, a precious little boy who lives at the very bottom of society on one of Chicago’s toughest and poorest communities. From the time he began school at age five, he has been a “latchkey child’ who goes home alone and waits six, eight, even ten hours for his mother to return from work. He lives in a dangerous neighborhood with many condemned buildings, abandoned stores, gangs, drug dealers, and all of the ugliness and despair that extreme poverty brings.

Jesse has never had the encouragement at home to excel in school. He hasn’t even heard how to act in class. So starting in first grade, his public school teachers would sometimes tell him, ‘Jesse, You’re just a troublemaker! You won’t amount to anything.’ He longs to hear words of love and kindness, especially from his family. But with this father in jail and his mother nearly always gone, he mostly hears nothing at all.

Now Jesse is eleven years old, and it’s no wonder that he’s on the very threshold of giving up on life and losing his dreams forever. This young American child has been deeply wounded by poverty and neglect, having come to believe the completely defeating message that his life has no value. He has spoken about his intention to drop out of school before he completes middle school, and possibly to join a gang.”

This is a true story of a Chicago youth, but unfortunately this same situation can be found to be true in most every town and city in our country. Thankfully, there is a loving ministry* that has come into Jesse’s life and is reassuring him that he is loved and valued. And for the first time, he’s learning about his Heavenly Father and how he can develop a lifelong relationship with God.

May God bless those who reach out in love to help young people.

A Light for All:

God desires for all to come to know Him in a personal way. That is why Christianity is a relationship and not a religion. I am privileged to be partnered with so many wonderful people who desire to see this ministry share the “Light” of Christ’s love with those we come in contact with each and every day.

Thank you for your giving heart and willingness to be a part of reaching out to young people through Great Commission Ministries. Your prayers and financial support are much needed and appreciated.

“...’He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in his love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.’” - Zephaniah 3:17 NASB

Serving the God of Light,
Linda
linda.kitchen@gcmweb.org

* I read this story in a Compassion International letter.