Stories Open Mic Christmas greetings from Feba Good news that will cause great joy for all the people As we approach the end of 2021, I’m writing to thank you most sincerely for your faithful partnership in ministry with Feba. It has obviously not been an easy year. Looking back over the past twelve months, I don’t think any of us could have predicted how things would unfold and where we would be today. I suspect the current situation is something of a burden that has potential to weigh each of us down – whether we acknowledge that openly or not; contextual differences are clearly important too and we each deal with our individual circumstances in our own particular way, but there is at least a degree of commonality in the COVID-related challenges we all face. It was therefore particularly good to be able to celebrate as a team earlier this week - with a special service (led by a local church leader) followed by our Christmas lunch and some games, all of which was conducted online with each of us in our own homes! It was both meaningful and fun nonetheless, and a novelty to use Zoom for something other than our regular work-related meetings! Yet, at this special time of year, let’s shift focus to something else we have in common: we can together rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, whose arrival was - and still is - uniquely Good News for all who believe and trust in Him! Our Feba resources for Advent and the associated Christmas appeal this year have focused on the angel’s words in Luke 2:10, which in the context of that chapter remind us so vividly and powerfully of just how special and newsworthy this child was. We do indeed have a powerful and positive message to share, and one that is no less relevant today than when the angel first addressed the shepherds! Let us never lose that sense of amazement that those first hearers felt (v.18). '...all who heard it were amazed...' Luke 2:18 We have been greatly encouraged through the pandemic to hear reports of listeners engaging with broadcasts in greater numbers than before, with a depth of conversation that suggests there is a real hunger for the Good News of Christ. We are deeply thankful for our various partners' persistence – often in the face of uncertainty and hardship – as they have continued in their efforts to use radio and other audio media creatively, seeking to inspire people to follow Jesus Christ. The gospel message is undoubtedly worth hearing! It is my prayer that whatever 2022 might bring, we would each be able to fix our eyes on Jesus. Just as Luke chapter 2 is an encouragement this Christmas, I pray that Hebrews chapter 12 would be similarly motivating and reassuring for us as we face the months ahead too. Let us not grow weary and lose heart! (v.3). There is certainly challenge in the chapter too, but we can be confident in the knowledge that ‘…we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…’ (v.28). From all of us here at Feba UK, ‘Thank you!’ for your interest in and support for the ministry, particularly your prayer and financial gifts. Please know that we do pray with and for you - our supporters, for without you we could not do what we do. If you would like to join us to pray for our international ministry partners and to her updates from them directly, then please do consider joining our monthly online prayer meetings. You can always find full details of the next meeting by simply clicking here. Wishing you a peaceful and joy-filled Christmas. We look forward to sharing more with you next year as we continue to pursue together the ministry God sets before us. Bob Chambers and the Feba UK Team PS: We actually have a few jobs being advertised at the moment, so if you - or anyone you know - might be interested, then please do have a look at the details available online by clicking here. New year, new beginning perhaps?!