On Christmas Eve, many disciples on a One Year Challenge shared Christmas with friends who celebrated the holiday for the first time in their lives.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, disciples at this One Year Challenge site organized activities to prepare for Christmas together with new friends. They taught them how to make their own stockings, sing Christmas songs and even decorate Christmas cookies. The weekly preparations finally culminated in special Christmas Eve events, where disciples hosted games, led songs, and helped their friends reflect on the significance of Christmas and the impact Jesus had in coming to this world.In ten events across three cities at this OYC, dozens of friends were introduced to the one born Emmanuel, "God with us."
Being away from home during Christmas is difficult. Instead of feeling down, these disciples decided to selflessly share their Christmas Eve with friends in places where so many still don't know who Jesus really is, "God with us." What a great gift to give at Christmas!
New Content on the One Year Challenge Blog:God's Promises For the New Year Many of us are dreaming about the new year. Many will see this new year as a chance to start afresh, to leave behind old failures and to do something new. Yet do we ponder how God sees this new year as well?
The Problem with New Year's Resolutions: They Are All About You Our motivations to improve ourselves or turn over a new leaf are often selfish. Zach Nielsen encourages us: "Why not commit to something with others and for others?"
Pray for More Workers What was Jesus' response to seeing the "sheep without a shepherd"? Pray. Start your new year with a prayer that God would send workers to the harvest field.
Great Images: The World's Population Density Check out this interactive infographic showing the population density of the world over different areas.
What We're Reading Today From The Disciplined Life: "Faith can release in a moment powers for holiness that discipline cannot command in a millennium." Each week we post a selection from a book disciples considering going on a One Year Challenge could read as part of their preparation.
Monday Music: Songs From OYC Sites Around the World This week's Monday Music is made in tribute to all our global OYC sites. We have sites in in Australia, China, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Bolivia and Haiti.