It is unbelievable that the year is already nearly over. It seems the years are going by faster and faster. As 2007 draws to an end, I find myself reflecting on the many challenges that our persecuted brothers and sisters faced this year. I have been encouraged and challenged by the many testimonies I was honored to read this past year. Many were from believers who risk their lives time and time again, for the sake of the gospel. What seemed to tie all the numerous experiences together was the love our brothers and sisters have for the Lord and for lost souls. The passion these courageous Christians have and continue to show has been both exemplary and challenging. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I encourage you to remember our brothers and sisters around the world who do not have the freedom to celebrate this Christmas like we in a free country. Pray the Holy Spirit ministers to them and their families as the year draws to an end. Especially ask God to grant them grace and courage to faithfully serve him in 2008. I wish you God’s blessing in the new year.