Missionary Diane Wilson, teaching missionaries’ children in Guinea, found it a little difficult to celebrate Christmas without any visible signs of the holiday season around.
"[There are] no colorful lights or decorations, no Christmas music, no cutout cookies or candy canes, she wrote. "Therefore, in my effort to be in the Christmas spirit, I put up some decorations in my house, made Christmas cookies and have been listening to Handel’s Messiah."
When Diane visits her friends in the Landuma village with the strains of Messiah playing in her head, she finds few that desire to know about her Messiah.
However, there is a small group of Landuma believers and they have an understanding of the persecution and rejection experienced by their Savior.
At times they are persecuted and ostracized by their families because of leaving "the old ways." In their worship services they encourage one another through singing songs about Jesus when they are being persecuted.
Diane asks that you continue to pray for these struggling believers to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and stand strong in spite of persecution.
She would also appreciate your prayers as she teaches the children of her co-workers who are planting tribal churches in villages beyond.
"It is a privilege for me to be a part of the team of missionaries in Guinea," she wrote.