Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language, and people. Revelation 14:6
This past month, I distributed special Christmas DVDs of the JESUS film in 24 languages. I had to order more because I was running out of them and that version did not have Korean (in great demand in the Northwest).
Before Christmas, I gave one to each of my neighbors in my apartment building, many of whom are Black or Hispanic. Then, while traveling to and from Seattle to visit family for the holidays, I passed them out at the airports and on the planes, to people who spoke many languages and came from many countries: Hindus, an Arabic speaker from Lebanon, Chinese, several from Korea, and who knows where else. Only one person turned me down. At a coffee shop in the SeaTac Airport, I asked what languages the employees spoke: English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. You can view the film in almost 1400 languages: to watch online, order DVDs, and download the JESUS Film App, go to http://www.jesusfilm.org/strategies-and-tools/resources.html
Upon returning to Orlando, I was greeted by the news that two Black Police Officers had been killed the day before. Their memorial services were held this past weekend. The tributes to them were strong witnesses to their character. Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton mentored young people through her church ministry and was part of the planning team for a new youth center. She worked to bring the police and community together.
Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis was a “gentle giant” who wanted to make everyone smile. He followed strict ethics, respected everyone, loved everybody, and helped them. A fellow motorcycle officer said, ““He traded in his motor wings for angel wings.” These officers were beloved by the entire community, dedicated their lives to protect it, and gave their lives to do so.
News reports would have us believe that we are a deeply divided nation, and in many respects we are: native-born and immigrants; Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and other; male and female; progressive, conservative, and independent. But we can have unity in Christ, respecting and loving one another, and celebrating our differences as unique creations of God. Please join us in prayer for reconciliation