"My favorite version of John 1:14 comes from The Message. The verse begins by saying, 'The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.' This is how the Father chose to make it possible for everyone who believes in his Son to become children of God (John 1:12). This is what we celebrate during the Christmas season.
"Towards the end of His life and ministry on earth Jesus said to His disciples, 'Just as the Father sent me, I send you' (John 20:21). I think it’s pretty clear what Jesus has in mind for flesh-and-blood types like you and me. He sends us into the world by having us move into specific neighborhoods. One of the best ways we can celebrate Christmas is by paying attention to our neighbors!
"Most often our neighbors are those who live close by. Sometimes, however, our neighbors are on the other side of the world. Perhaps we cannot be with them physically very much, but we can share some of our God-given resources with them. A
like this one provides a way for us to do that.
"My challenge to you this Christmas season is to do something special with one of your neighbors who lives close by, and that you also do something special for a neighbor on the other side of the world by using this catalog. May the Lord use these gifts to draw your neighbors closer to himself."
- Dan Cammack, Executive Director of Evangelical Friends Mission