But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10

[God] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4
Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. Luke 14:21b

Isn’t it a thing of wonder that God wants all people to be saved? That His salvation extends to every people group, every personality type, and every single sinner? It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, Jesus’ desire is for you to turn from your old life and come home to His love and His Kingdom.

His love reaches – and even makes its home in – the lowliest of places. In Jesus’ day, the rich and powerful were stunned that He spent so much time with ‘the worst of the worst’: outlaws, beggars, and lepers to name a few. His love flowed to all people, but it was those who needed and wanted Him most who received His greatest blessings. Jesus, quoting the prophetic words of Isaiah, says of Himself: “[The Lord has] anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed...”

In the parable of the Lost Sheep – which could just as well be called the Searching Shepherd – we see that Jesus is extremely careful to track down and save every last one of His sheep. Jesus goes to immeasurable lengths to seek and save the lost, even laying down His life for them. In 1 John 3:16 we see that we are called to follow in Jesus’ footsteps: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” There is no one that is excluded from the love and compassion of Jesus.


LONELY

A presenter from one of our partner radio stations, FEBC Kyrgyzstan, received a desperate message from a sixteen-year-old boy.  “I’m disabled,” the message began. “My parents hate me and keep me shut up at home. I want to run away to my grandparents’ home.” A subsequent message revealed that he had indeed moved to his grandparents’ home in a remote village. Although safe now, he felt very lonely.

Those in the FEBC Kyrgyzstan broadcast team are reportedly the only people who have a relationship with this boy. Thankfully, they were able to arrange the help of a Christian psychologist, who is now working with the boy and together they continue to pray for him. What a great example of reaching out to someone who feels lost and lonely.

It’s hard to reach people – and help them – if you don’t know them. The team at FEBC Kyrgyzstan are committed to building their radio schedule around the needs of their diverse listenership, and this means getting to know them. “We form focus groups where we randomly select people and ask them what their favourite programmes and presenters are, where they listen, what they like and don’t like,” shares Umar, a staff member at FEBC. Whenever a listener phones in, the station follows up and builds a relationship with them. When the time is right, the team can invite the listener to a small believers’ group or a church.


PRAY

- Pray that more lonely and afflicted people would reach out to Feba’s radio partners and projects and be transformed by the love of Jesus.
- Pray that the broadcast teams would be filled with God’s compassion for their hurting listeners, finding new ways to support them as they grow closer to God.
- Ask God to show you if there is someone in your life who is struggling and could do with your help.



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