Guest Post by Sandy Rumford

As I sat down to think about what to write for the last blog of the year and the one that will be read as Christmas is quickly approaching, I had a playlist of Christmas music on in the background. I was trying and finding it hard to experience the feeling of Christmas as news of current world events and events at our own border were swirling in my head. It can be hard to feel the Peace and the Promise of Christmas when there is violence and brokenness all around us.

The melody of the song The Promise by Michael W Smith began to play as I stared at the blank page in front of me. The words would serve as the direction for my thoughts.

Fear not, oh, Israel for there is peace still to come
A word to break the silence, a promise set to bloom
The promise to redeem us, one to free us
Break this silence in the violence in our lives

Emmanuel is sure to find us soon
The mighty rule to Jesse’s star of truth
And bring us unto glory, tell His story
Heal the broken and restore thee to His name

The star will guide us to the humble place
Where Christ the King reveals His earthly face
And we will see Emmanuel, God is with us
God is for us, God is in us, we will see

Oh, how many times I have prayed prayers of lament and grief out to the Lord and His answer has been “You will see”. His promise is always “You will see”.

Many of our programs and projects have experienced a We will see promise season. It has been difficult to reconnect and reacquaint with some partners on the ground after the pandemic kept teams away for several years. Changes in safety and security that continue to be ongoing and keep our teams away from providing vital medical services that some of our partners are desperate for.

All of us at EMAS Canada have continued to see, time and again, God’s promises revealed and His provisions in times and situations that have felt bleak and broken and hopeless.

Several of our teams have started new projects in new areas of service or new areas of the globe. Some have grown to include education, and some are still in the You Will See season of promise. But all our volunteers and donors continue to be faithful, knowing that God promises “We Will See”.

May you be encouraged by 2 Corinthians 1:20.

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

If you are in a season of the promise “We Will See”, know for certain that God’s promises are Yes and Amen. They are trustworthy commitments from God. In contrast to the yes and no thinking of others, God performs what He promises. We can count on Him. He is entirely consistent with His Word. There is no equivocation in what He promises.

As you rejoice in God’s promises this season, prayerfully consider if God is encouraging you to be part of His We Will See promise for EMAS teams and programs. Please consider praying, volunteering, fundraising or giving.

Have a blessed Christmas season.

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All Scripture references are taken from the New International Version (NIV)

Feature image: Photo by Ben White on Unsplash 

A physician and surgeon in his native Kenya, Peter has a passion for Christ-centred healthcare and has a wealth of experience both hosting and sending short-term mission teams.


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