Christmas programs are an encouragement and light to people of all ages in Asia.

Some soldiers and students in South Asia heard the message of Christ’s love last Christmas, thanks to a group of young people. When a Gospel for Asia children and teens ministry team visited an army camp and a private school, they presented a special holiday program at each location.

The team of leaders and children started their travels to the army camp early in the morning on Christmas Eve and arrived 11 hours later. They had cold and foggy weather for their travels, but they were very excited to be able to go.

Some soldiers and students in South Asia heard the message of Christ’s love last Christmas, thanks to a group of young people.

With the help of Immanuel, the local GFA-supported missionary, they were able to connect with the camp’s commanding officer and obtain permission to hold the program. The officer was very kind to the group, giving them all the assistance they needed on the sound system, seating and stage arrangements. Then at 9:00 on Christmas morning, it was time: the soldiers gathered at the campground and Immanuel opened the program in prayer. Then Victor, the team leader, sang two Christmas songs.

As the young people performed cultural dance to Christian songs, the army soldiers all clapped their hands and sang along. Immanuel shared a Christmas message with the theme “Why Jesus Came into this World.” Then the team sang a patriotic anthem and prayed for their nation through song. The commanding officer expressed his appreciation for the team’s ministry, asking them to do a program like this every year.

The team led a similar Christmas program the week before Christmas in a private school. Traditional belief tends to run strong in the village, which is known for being the birthplace of the wife of a deity most of the people worship. This was the first time for this area to have a Christmas program.

Around 270 people attended, and the local elected official in the area showed his appreciation. A GFA worker shared a heartfelt message on God’s love, and the children and teens ministry team ended in prayer for the village. After the program, everyone received a New Testament and Gospel literature.

GFA leaders ask for prayer that both the families at this school and the soldiers in the army camp will respond to the love of Jesus shown to them through the program.