When the angels had left them ... the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child” Luke 2:15-17


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Shepherds? Of all people, God assigned shepherds to be the first broadcasters of the Good News about the arrival of Jesus! They were not trained; they were probably not particularly eloquent; they certainly had no special qualifications. But how did they get on? Well, they said “yes” to God immediately, following where He led. Then, as soon as they had seen Jesus, they spread the word about Him. These shepherds teach us everything we need to know about obedience: say “yes” immediately and follow it through!

We tell others about the things we are most passionate about. If you see a film that hugely inspires you, it’s likely you will tell your friends to watch it; if you discover a beautiful town, you are likely to share photos and describe it to your family. You might even suggest a visit together, experiencing this new discovery with the ones you love. How could the same not be true for the Good News, which is our salvation? If we have truly experienced Jesus, if He has filled us with His joy, then surely, we will share Him. As hope overflows, so too does the desire to see the joy of the Lord in the hearts of others.

It is fascinating that the shepherds “spread the word” (Luke 2:17) concerning Jesus, who is Himself the Word of God. Our job today is much the same: we are to “spread the word” - to share Jesus - everywhere we go. Sometimes that will be verbal, like the shepherds did so well, but our mission goes beyond that; we want our whole lives to witness to Jesus. When our voices and our lives spread the word, people are more likely not just to hear but to listen.



So All May Hear!

Here are some wonderful recent examples of Feba partners ‘spreading the word’ so that more people can hear the Good News of Jesus - many for the first time.

Central Asian Tribal Group
 Additional shortwave broadcasting has been added to complement the existing medium wave programming reaching a Central Asian Tribal group - making it possible for more than 5 million additional listeners to hear the Good News in a language that they can understand.

Spain Radio Vida in Spain has started airing Arabic programmes in an effort to reach the large Moroccan population who live near the station. Positive feedback from new listeners is brining great encouragement to presenters and there is much excitement for the future and the year ahead.

Nomad people in Northeast Africa A team have been recording the Scriptures for this hard to reach population. Recently we heard the inspiring story of a pastor who is part of the nomadic community in Northeast Africa. In this predominantly oral culture, he is learning to read so that he can record Scripture and share the bible over radio in the heart language of those listening. Every day his reading is improving, allowing him to share the Good News with more people. We can learn a lot from his determination to go and spread the word! Indeed, the team report that they have now completed the whole of the New Testament as well as large portions of the Old Testament!


PRAY


- Pray for the three projects mentioned above, that our partners would be faithful and fruitful in their mission.
- Praise God for His love for all people and for sending workers to share the Good News with them!
- Ask God to powerfully use the pastor in North East Africa who is learning to read the Scriptures, that he might reach many people for the Kingdom!



SHARE


Share the Good News with someone this Christmas. If you send Christmas cards to non-believers, why not write a message about the Good News inside one or more of them?

Share one thing you’ve learned from this Advent resource on Feba’s Facebook page. Remember to use the hashtag #FebaAdvent so that we can see it.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Advent resource. If you would like more information about Feba, please contact us - we’d love to hear from you!

Have a joyful Christmas!