CBM Prayer letter Dec. 2017
(Summary from Luke 1) Angel: Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus… Mary: How can this be? I am still a virgin!! Angel: The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you… Mary: I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.
As I meditate on this familiar passage of the Christmas narrative, I realize that in our desire to make this a family friendly happy story, we often neglect the courage and obedience of Mary. God had called her to bear Jesus in a supernatural fashion, and the consequence is for her to face the scrutiny of many toward an unwed mother. What a difficult task it is for a teenage girl!
I believe God has also called CBM to a supernatural task. We have not operated as a mission sending organization or a church planting movement outside of the U.S., but we believe that God has called us to be part of a historic shift in Christendom — namely the rise of Chinese Christianity. While the vision is grand and noble, we are often like Mary, thinking from our limited human understanding - “how can this really be done.” We have neither the financial resources nor the human resources to meet the calling God has placed on our shoulders.
But what assurance it is to know that we do have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and that the angel also gave Mary a preview of the miraculous provision through Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist as a testimony. I am so encouraged for some answered prayers this year that have encouraged our team as we move forward — here are some examples:
As 2017 comes to an end, I would like to thank you for all your prayer and support to CBM, and invite you to engage in our ministry both in the Bay Area and globally. I will personally be in the Bay Area from December 22, 2017 to mid-January 2018 and would love to hear from you if there might be any questions or you want to know more about the ministry of CBM global!Merry Christmas, Rev. Dr. Peter Wang Executive Director, Chinese Bible Mission