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Spreading the joy of Christmas: Part One

A girl smiles holding her xmas gift, as I take her picture with her Grandpa. They both work at a brick factory.

Dear friends,

I have decided to divide the post in parts. This is day one of the missionary trip.

As you know I was recently away on missionary tour. I would very much like to share the work which my family has been doing for some time now. We are a small family team by the name David Foundation, our mission is to evangelize,  preach and reach people where Christ is not known. We live and work in Pakistan among communities both non-Christians and Christians alike.

This Christmas, we planned to go to a place called Tiba (it means a sand mound) and rightly so because this place is housed on a large sand mound, about 500 homes here. Its a small village and abject poverty reigns here. You can click on images to enlarge them a little.

This whole village was burned down completely in 1993 by Muslim mobs. The government help was poor. These people were once the owners of fertile land around this place and then, especially after this place was burnt, people slowly started selling off their land, the buyers were all Muslims and now these people work as labor on the lands they once owned. The health and hygiene conditions are the worst of all.

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Keep Christ in Christmas: A lesson from history.

Contrary to popular belief  the X in Xmas, is not what it is often seen as. I have a lot of time, including my dear loved ones, assert that we really should not replace Christ in Christmas. Frankly why are we so down with a pagan holiday is beyond me but nonetheless, for those who truly love Christ and would have him the centre of their lives, this thing kind of becomes a problem. A lot of people do not even know that the tree and the Santa are not really Christian concepts, to me personally Christmas is more of a remembrance that Christ came, I hold nothing more than that, I am sure a lot of people do it for the same reasons. But we have to set the record straight.

The “X” in Xmas has been around for a long time. It’s not a replacement of Christ (although some who don’t know the history might intend it to be.) It’s the Greek letter “Chi” which looks like an X and it has been a symbol for Christ as a form of shorthand, since the earliest of Christian times.

Another example is the symbol of the Christian “Fish” Symbol.

The Greek word for fish is “Ichthys” The phrase, Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, was used probably from the very first century as a symbol for faith in Christ by Christians as a symbol because it used the first letters of that phrase and made the word Ichthys.

So next time somebody uses the phrase “Keep Christ in Christmas” as a form to shame others or to try to get people to think there’s something wrong with using the “X” instead, you can do some good and let them know the real history and maybe even let those who want to use the X to replace Christ, that that X has been a part of recognizing Christ for a long, long time!

I sometimes just don’t get people when they show honest zeal but which is nonetheless misplaced, if only most believers would study more, it would do a lot of people much good, including their selves. I wish all, the very best for the holiday season. You want to celebrate Christmas, go out help someone rather than spend money on fancy trees, just as Christ wanted us to do.