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Last Christmas was our best!     final!!

By Joshua Kuttan

 

This Christmas was a fresh new experience for me, something that I never did experience before. It all started with a camp we all went to, looking at the things we could put together over a couple of hours, we discovered the talents among us.

 

The dancers, the pun-liners and so on. As we started talking, someone said flash mob and the idea stuck. One thing led to another and before we knew it, we had a whole elaborate plan with a lot of talent portrayal – the main objective, sending out the message of Hope that there is a Creator who desires a connection with His creation.

 

As simple as the structure was, we had a routine in place, practiced it over and over again and used this routine as a teaser to invite people for an evening of Celebration on the first Sunday after Christmas. The Celebration-evening had a skit in place with funny dialogues and the message that we wanted to put forth. The teasers themselves kept improving over the performances in malls, railway stations, and streets and so on.

 

We Learnt and Observed.

 

Learnt that in order to excel at anything repetition is the key. Observed that there is a force trying to wreck what we do for God. We had our elders praying for us, our young people participating in prayers as well, but we did observe how there was something or the other happening in everyone’s lives.

 

Some of my friends had emotional struggles, some pointed out that they were tempted, some people had mishaps with electric shocks, one of our dancers injured herself badly on the day before the event, logistic issues at times, and the list goes on. But when we shifted the focus from self to Christ, everything fell in place like a jigsaw puzzle. Nurses showed up, got the medication required, helped the injured, our dancer had a deep wound and she said that she just bandaged it and in a couple of hours, the wound was all gone! Nothing short of a miracle! She was able to dance on the final day.

 

skit

 

Speaking for myself, I know I am closer, in a more dependent relationship with God after having been a part of this Celebration. I sensed the hand of God, unlike Maradona’s aid, this one was orchestrated, paid for and out of the sheer generosity of our Creator. Of course it isn’t fair. That’s why it is called Grace.

 

YFC -LM Navi Mumbai

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Last Christmas was our best! continues…


                                                                          IN THE PROCESS OF SOWING              

by Sherin Sam

The sun setting at the far end of a busy pedestrian lined  with brightly decorated apartments. A star hanging in the balcony, glittering tinsel, lights, glass balls and candy canes dangling from the tree, giving a gist of Christmas! But is Christmas all about decorating and buying presents and preparing elaborate meals?

What does Christmas mean to you?

While most of the people celebrated with carols, parties, Santa and nativity scene all decked out, we tried to come out of our little bubble called ‘comfort zone’. We realized it is time we unwrap JESUS and give others a better look at Christmas. Time to unwrap the best present of all. The real Reason for the Season. That to save us from our foolishness and sins, he came down to earth and gave us HIMSELF.  Even as we started working on the event, we were a little skeptical. The flash mob, the skit, the choreography, decorations everything had to be perfect and we were no professionals ; But as we started we could see Gods favor and grace over each one of us. We realized that each one of us was blessed with talents and I am so glad we could use our creativity for our creator. We poured our heart and soul into this work only to realize that we were DOING what we were created to do and BECOMING who we were created to be!

 

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1 Peter 5 : 8

‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’

Whatever you want to call him, Satan, The big red fellow or Devil ; He’s real. He’s not a little red cartoon character with pointed ears and horns. He is far more sinister and seeks to destroy you!  Many today are choosing to ignore him and that’s exactly what he desires. People  who are devoted to God are in a spiritual battle whether they like it or not. Anyone who is in the kingdom of Jesus Christ, Satan hates!

And I knew he was threatened by us. He hated us because every time he saw us, he saw God. (I am certainly not saying that we are God, but we are a reflection of him.) ‘Spiritual Warfare’ might be a  clichéd term but i did witness its mighty power.  And I was personally so encouraged being in this group because no matter how hard the devil tried to pull us down, we spent our days feasting on God’s love and most importantly we realized that we are all connected in Love with a contagious spirit of Unity.

We have been assigned by God to be used of God to help snatch souls away from Satan’s deception and control and help them become all that God desires for them to become and do. All around us are people who are hurting, people who need love, people who need encouragement. God gives us talents not to be stored and gather cobwebs but to discover them, develop them, share them and use them to serve others and bring glory to God.

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Street flash mob (during Christmas)

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Youth For Christ – Lighthouse Ministries, CBD Belapur – Navi Mumbai MH – India