Perspectives on the First Christmas

xmas-picBy Brad and Tina Reynolds, serving in France

Alliance international workers Brad and Tina Reynolds help to lead Eglise Protestante Internationale. Inaugurated in May 2009, it is the first new church in Léguevin, France, since the 12th century. God is moving in this international body of French-speaking believers, evidenced in the following article that is adapted from Brad’s December 2009 newsletter.

Jesus is come! This morning (December 13), we had our Christmas celebration. Each of the Sunday school classes did a presentation about the season being more than the gifts that we receive. Two presentations were particularly moving.

One of our teenaged girls who performed the part of Mary described how she felt, how bewildering it was for her to be chosen to bear the Son of God. A young man in his late 20s shared Joseph’s perspective, describing his efforts to understand what God was doing before that first Christmas.

Gifts Honor the Christ Child

Once the dramatic readings were finished, a young family performed a live nativity. The wife played the part of Mary, her husband portrayed Joseph, and their little baby boy represented Jesus. Their two little girls portrayed an angel and a lamb, respectively. While two of our members sang a Congolese Christmas song to the beat of an African drum, church members brought forward items for babies and young children to be given to a local organization that helps people in need.

After the morning celebration we enjoyed a lunch together, the room filled with the people God has sent to us during the past months. It was powerful to ponder how the Lord has blessed us, that just a few months ago our group was smaller. How grateful we are to Him.

What You Can Do

Brad and Tina ask for prayer that Eglise Protestante Internationale will be faithful to communicate the joy of Jesus’ birth to all who come in contact with the church.  

Help keep Alliance workers on the field, like Brad and Tina, who are doing cutting-edge ministry so those living in darkness will see the light of Christ. Consider a year-end Christmas gift to Alliance Great Commission Ministries. 

Learn More

Read about Eglise Protestante Internationale’s exciting May 2009 inauguration.

Check out our work in France.


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