United World Mission
Dear Friends and Family,
"And his name shall be called...Prince of Peace."
At Christmas, we celebrate that, in the Incarnation of Jesus, God has promised to bring eternal peace to creation, and we rejoice in the fact that, even now, God grants us a foretaste of that peace. But these past few months, God has rather foisted his peace upon me. After a nerve-wracking, ulcer-inducing year, laboring under professional pressures, personal anxieties, and uncertainty about our mission fund-raising, this fall I felt God pulling back on the reins. Calling me to slow down. To trust him. So I've been working more reasonable hours, spending more time with Michelle and the boys (strike that..."with Michelle and the kids!"), and coming to accept his sovereignty over our progress towards Argentina.
We've spent the past couple of weeks in California with my family, and I was providentially deprived of my computer (it's in the shop, for the third time this year). So I haven't been able to write or study. Instead, I've read to the kids, played lots of board games, caught up with family and supporters, and just lived slowly. And I've tried to embrace the lesson that God is pressing ever more onto my heart: that I can trust him to orchestrate our path to South America.
In eight months we will leave Oxford in order to undertake our cross-cultural missions training, and then (God willing) to deploy. There is no way I can force all the remaining pieces to come together in the next eight months, no way I can drum up the rest of the funds we need. But what is impossible for me is the lightest of trifles for God, and we have no doubts that it is his will that we serve him in Latin America. So at the beginning of 2013, I'll enjoy God's peace, and just try to be faithful with what he's put in front of me for today.
Peace be with you all,
Christopher, Michelle, Judah, Asher, and Zoe Hays