Consider looking at a bright, colorful, and wonderfully decorated Christmas tree. Have you ever asked yourself, “What does it mean?”
Traditionally, the Christmas tree is always an evergreen fir tree. The evergreen tree resembles “undying life” in the deep winter. Even though it is winter, the Christmas tree reminds us of hope and expectation of new “life.”
As an international development and relief NGO, JCS strives to be like a Christmas tree in winter nights. We want to bring hope and life in places where often depression and meaninglessness are terribly real. In this issue of Horizons, you will see that through our projects we hope to bring life; we wish to brighten the dark corners of life. It may be in the classroom, the soccer fields and hockey rinks; it may be while caring for people in the hospitals or while building a greenhouse. In whatever way, the JCS community hopes to help people to encounter the real meaning of abundant, undying life.
As you celebrate this Christmas and New Year, and look up at the Christmas tree, we hope you will be reminded of Christ, the light of the world, who gave us eternal life.
Thank you for your prayers and partnership in 2017. May the sight and sounds of Christmas fill your hearts with joy throughout the coming year—Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.