Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests. Luke 2:14.
As I begin to write this Christmas letter 2021, I am struck with how we have got to the end of another year, in fact where have the last two years gone?
Covid-19 has certainly shaken us all and affected our lives in unusual ways. As a team we have been hit by illnesses and unexpected happenings some of which are of a serious nature that has influenced available resources.
Christmas can be bittersweet and is a painful time for many, some of our clients’ experience this, also missing a loved one, especially if this is the first year without them. The injustice we hear and know about in so many people’s lives.
As we prepare and look ahead to celebrate the joy and wonder of Christmas, we are reminded of the amazing love of God for all mankind through the birth of His Son Jesus our Saviour, the hope for all our fears, and His peace and love to give to hurting lives and our hurting world. Immanuel God - with us. He has not left us alone but has come to live among us. What good news is this for our hurting world today. God sending his One and Only Son to save us and be with us forever.
Even in and for such a time as this, we Christians have hope, peace, joy, and love to offer to broken lives. The light of Christ shines even brighter in the darkness. Whatever the situation His light shines, the deeper the darkness, His light shines brighter.
Please join us in praying for the divine love of Christmas to be real and bring hope to those needing His saving love.
People who associate Christmas with painful memories and approach it with dread and isolation. Those groomed for abuse and those being trafficked for evil. Those struggling with mental distress, the lonely and the fearful for what lies ahead.
Families in need struggling to provide goodies and presents for their children. The homeless living on the streets with nowhere to call home, those with addictive behaviours and the problem this gives to them and those around them.
Protection and healing for the team and guidance and wisdom in growing the team with those the Lord is calling to Magdalene.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support this year. It has enabled us to continue serving survivors of sexual trauma and be a light and hope in their dark and tough times.
Blessings for a peaceful Christmas and New Year from all of us here at Magdalene.