Homesick at Christmas

On Christmas Day in 1966 while serving with Operation Mobilisation in India, I was homesick for the holidays and family back home.  I was not well (had TB but did not know it yet), had no money, little food, on a small team, and in the middle of nowhere in India.

In spite of not having a Christmas celebration planned, our small Indian team decided we would go to a few villages to present the Gospel.

Most of us did not want to go, but the members of the small church where we were staying heard about our proposed ministry and 65 people showed up to help.  There were so many that we could hardly get all 65 in a literature truck; it would hardly move!

White team members stayed in their room crying for joy for an hour seeing Indian brothers and sisters going from village to village in an old hot crowded truck to distribute Christian literature and preach the Gospel – the message of Christmas.  What a glorious day!

If you are away from family and friends this Christmas, don’t feel sorry for yourself, go to a nearby restaurant, buy a meal for someone, and tell them of Christ!  Now, that would be Christmas!

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