“Behold! I proclaim to you good news of great joy…For unto you is born a Saviour” (Luke 2:10-11)
This Christmas, we celebrate heaven coming down to fill the earth with glory. The angel declared, “I bring you good news of great joy for all mankind…for unto you is born a Saviour.” (Luke 2:10-11) The promise for mankind is fulfilled. Our tears shall be wiped away, our burdens cast off. We reach out to the heavens and rejoice, for the God who has seen our tears and known our pain, comes to save us. His compassion is so great that nothing can hold Him back from reaching to us. So tremendous is His love for each of us, He can hold back no grace, not even His most precious son! He does not judge our unworthiness and this is the ‘amazing grace’ of His Love.
At Divine, we thank God for the ‘amazing grace’ that has upheld us right through the year. It has been a year of great openings in the proclamation of the good news. Our greatest joy and celebration has been the growing strength of Divine Vision. On 20 November 2011, the Divine Vision telecast in India was launched. After years of waiting and hoping, we got the license this year to telecast our programs through the Goodness Satellite Channel. When our hope is in the Lord, we can never be disappointed.
We have a growing audience in North America, UK, Europe and the Gulf countries. And this for us is the affirmation – of the thirst of God to reach His people and God’s seal of approval on our efforts. The costs are daunting. To obtain telecast of the programs in every region, we have to pay colossal figures. This Christmas marks the third anniversary of Divine Television as a 24-hour Gospel Channel telecasting programs to most of the northern continents. And if this has been possible, it is through your openness to trust in us, pray for us and to support us.
We have had a growing attendance at our retreats. To stand here every week and see God reuniting families, consoling the grieved and shattered and rebuilding lives, is overwhelming. And we are aware that our strong support has been the intercessory prayers of friends, especially the residents of our homes – the elderly, the orphans, the widows, the dying, the AIDS and cancer sufferers, the mentally challenged and those being rehabilitated from various addictions. Their daily commitment has been to pray for the proclamation of the good news of Jesus to those lost and struggling. This Christmas, we shall celebrate again with them their joy of life in Christ.