On behalf of the Canada office, Carey Jo and Lori would like to wish you all a very blessed Christmas season. As we look forward to celebrating the birth of our Saviour we cannot help but reflect on the turbulence of this past year.
When we hear of conflict around the world, lawlessness and turmoil in our own cities and the havoc wreaked by severe weather, we are reminded that we serve a God who knows the end from the beginning. As we mourn with those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods due to the devastation caused by storms and war, as we hear of those in leadership failing to act with integrity and as we see the rise in terrorism and gang violence, we are reminded that it is for these reasons God gave His Son for the salvation of mankind.
We are promised in Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
However, there are many people in the world who are unable to read of the promise of His peace and have this assurance and confidence. These are the people to whom we go – as they are taught to read and write it enables them to embrace the Prince of Peace and all of His promises, like Abdul R., who is rejoicing because he can now read in his own language and has convinced his friends to attend literacy classes as well.
As this year comes to a close and we head into a New Year, we want to praise God for His faithfulness and provision. We also wish to thank our partners for their support in this past year. It is because of your generosity that we have been able to continue our ongoing projects and launch some exciting, new ones.
English as a Second Language training continues in the Toronto area and will be expanding into some northern communities in the new year. We have had two National workers, Byron and Maria, from Guatemala become missionaries with L.E.I. Canada. Carey Jo Johnston travelled to Sierra Leone for the development of the Krio Primer and will be travelling to Brazil in January to develop the Maxacali Primer and conduct a Primer Construction Workshop. The Gbanneh Village project in Sierra Leone is also off to a good start.
We have much to be thankful for at L.E.I. and look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store in the coming year.
May the Peace of Christ reign in your hearts and families this Christmas season and always.