Christmas transformations

This time of year is all about transformation. This weekend I will be changing the appearance of my home by festooning a couple of hundred small light bulbs over the front of the house and garden. I will, no doubt, change my diet over the next few weeks, increasing by an alarming amount my calorie intake. Soon days will start to get longer as we head into the new year.

The nativity story seems to me to be one of radical transformation. Everyone involved sees great change of some sort. Changes not only of physical location, but also likely changes on how life might be henceforth. Many make a journey, often of considerable length and probable hardship. One imagines shepherds telling campfire stories of angels and the special baby for generations. Magi realising the implications for themselves and the world when the heavens reveal the coming of a king. Mary and Joseph wondering what life will look like in the coming years and coming to terms with it not looking like what they might have planned.  All respond to a ‘call’ of some sort. This call doesn’t regard social standing, wealth or intellect. All are invited (or somehow compelled?) to take part in the greatest transformation and mystery of all – that of the God of the universe becoming incarnate as a baby. Once again at Christmas we too are invited to consider this great transformation and how our life might henceforth change.

I don’t think it is too much to say the Bible is part of this transformation. When the Bible comes to a community in a heart-language it brings with it change for both individuals and the whole community. This article shows what happened when the new Beembe translation arrived at a village in Congo-Brazzaville. Through your support we hope our work can continue to be part of this transformation.

The end of another year inevitably brings a look back to what has been achieved and a look forward to plans for the next year. We are grateful that the Singapore meetings in November saw affirmation that our research is bringing good results and should be carried forward. Specifically that we should instigate further testing early in 2017 with a view to building production software later in 2017.

Please pray:

  • Give thanks for the success of the UBS iCAP and AsLing conferences in November.
  • Give thanks for affirmation of current work and guidance for future developments.
  • For successful future testing and development work into 2017.

One of our supporting fellowships here in the UK has set up an on-line donation page on MyDonate where you can send a donation and get the benefit of Gift Aid as well. We shall need to replace some fairly elderly computers soon and hope to use these funds towards the cost (about £4,000). If you’d prefer to donate via more traditional means please contact us at gtp@biblesocieties.org and we shall send you details.

Thank you very much!


Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

We pray you have a peaceful and blessed Christmas time.

As we move into the new year this prayer reminds us of the impact the incarnation can have in our lives, and of those around us.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.