The Christmas season is wonderful for many reasons. Some reasons include family gatherings, exchanging of gifts, warm meals, hot chocolate, Christmas carols and Christmas decorations. Yet there is another reason that should be at the forefront of the mind of every believer, and that is, Christmas is a season of giving and telling others about Jesus.
This season is always a very special time on our campus. We love celebrating Christmas and the reminder it gives us of the greatest gift that was ever given to the world — our Savior Jesus Christ.
We are so very grateful that God has shown His favor on this ministry over the first 20 years of our camps. The truth is, as I write this column for December publication, we entered 2020 believing we would be celebrating 21 years of Crossings instead of 20.
There are a few times each year that I become excited about upcoming events. As I continue my Oneida journey in 2021, I anticipate graduation, the first day of school and other OBI events making my favorites list. As much as I love these events, they don't compare to my love for Christmas.
While the story of Lottie Moon is well known among Southern Baptists today, there are a host of missionaries to China who came after her. One of those who did a remarkable work — but has largely been forgotten — is Bao Si Ding.
One of the traditions I enjoyed as a pastor was leading the church in a Christmas Eve worship service. It was similar in every church — sing a few carols, preach a message, share in the Lord's Supper and then the lighting of individual candles. To conclude, we would hold our candles and sing "Silent Night." Just reflecting on this brings back great memories.