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The good news of great joy the angels brought to the shepherd continues to reverberate in the work of MCC and its partner organizations around the world.
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
Congo: Working for fairness in the national election of 2006
Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.
Iraq: Improving community access to water
He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
Bangladesh: Preventing domestic violence
While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.
Haiti: Advocating for basic human rights
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Kenya: Building food security for Somali refugees
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Cambodia: Strengthening livelihoods
The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see -- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Providing food for orphans
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger."
Canada: Supporting families
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"
Guatemala: Serving and learning together
The shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."
Palestine: Addressing injustices that divide people
But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
South Africa: Caring for those with HIV and AIDS
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Syria: Working for peace through education
Thank you for warming hearts with hope through MCC!