over this Christmas, the New Year and throughout the year to come.
Don, Kim & Calli x
Don, Kim & Calli x
"Come to me, you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." That was the theme of Season 3. Jesus said this to a crowd of thousands before also saying it to Simon while they stood on water. Season 4? Jesus is weary and heavy-laden, and He needs rest.
We're getting closer and closer to Jerusalem, to what we know is coming. Jesus is getting increasingly frustrated, and yes, sad. Not because he's getting closer to death, but because of the reasons He must die. From his faith's religious leaders, to the holy city of Jerusalem, to his own friends and followers, people are not understanding his mission. To that end, He must allow painful things, and even set in motion certain confusing or bittersweet events, to accelerate the outcomes that will lead to Holy Week.
Season 4 marks the midpoint of the most famous and influential story in human history. It will be painful, and it will be joyous. It will be bittersweet. But by all measures, Season 4 will also be our best. - Dallas Jenkins, Creator of The Chosen
November brought vast “Free Palestine” marches to the streets of Britain and the world. Those who protested were not put off by unabashed demands for Israel’s elimination or that organisers included Muhammad Kathem Sawalha — whose history as a senior Hamas commander has, interestingly, proved no bar to gaining British citizenship. Neither has weeks of coverage of bombed-out Gazan homes softened the views of Israel’s supporters who see it as a necessary price to demolish the nest of pitiless terrorism.
Such demonstrations show that we have, rightly, not forgotten the Palestinian people — displaced and rendered stateless for decades — nor the plight of Jews worldwide, attacked, abused and threatened, forced to post security guards outside every school and synagogue.
But other conflicts and injustices, as or more terrible, command far less attention. Gaza is sometimes called an “open-air concentration camp”. Whatever we think of that, there are more than a million Muslims detained in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang, subjected to forced labour, re-education, the removal of their children, and mandatory sterilisation. In the most systematic act of ethnic cleansing in recent history, the birth rate in Uyghur- majority regions collapsed by more than 60 per cent in only three years.
But there is no BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement targeting China. Chinese students are not asked to defend their government’s conduct. Muslims do not march for their Chinese brethren, Labour councillors do not resign over Britain’s China policy and the new Foreign Secretary’s history of opening doors for Beijing suggests his conscience is unstirred. You can add to this list of the butchered, displaced and discriminated- against Kurds, Syrians, Yemenis, Sahrawis, Indians and Rohingya.
But one religious minority subjected to some of the worst treatment, with 360 million facing persecution, receives even less attention in the West. With one in seven of its adherents endangered, Christianity is one of the most oppressed religions in the world.
While Middle Eastern Jews have a homeland to flee to, carved out from the former Ottoman Empire, the place intended to be the Christian Arab homeland, the Republic of Lebanon, is now a failed state, dominated by Islamist groups such as Hezbollah. Since 2012, Christians have shrunk from 40 per cent to 32 per cent of Lebanon’s population, with many fleeing for the West.
The other enclave of Christians in the Middle East, Armenia, faces continual hostility from its more powerful neighbour Azerbaijan, which recently struck a devastating blow in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabkh, displacing thousands of Armenian Christians.
Christians have been forced to flee historic homelands in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Holy Land itself. From making up 13 per cent of the region’s population in the early twentieth century, they now comprise only 5 per cent.
The world is poorer for the displacement from their homelands of those with Syriac, Coptic and Chaldean cultures —indigenous peoples whose presence long preceded Arab conquest of their lands — to an uncertain life seeking refuge in the secular West. This is a civilizational loss.
Yet in the face of this global agony, the West this Christmas stands silent. Where are the sanctions, weapons and cultural solidarity for the millions of Christians facing existential threat? The war against Christianity is furiously waged by Marxist atheists in China, by Hindu nationalists in India, and even, piquantly, by Jewish bigots in Israel. READ MORE...
In the first chapter of John’s gospel, we learn that Jesus was with God and the Holy Spirit before the creation of the universe. Then, more than 2000 years ago, He came to Earth as a babe in a manger - fully God and fully man. The centrepiece of the Lord’s eternal plan to save all of humanity from the consequences of sin.
I was out at dinner last night, sitting next to two people who had never heard of the story. It was great to be able to show them the trailer. The star power of Toby Jones immediately piqued their interest and they wanted to know more.
I'll let you know as soon as the TX dates are confirmed.
As the holiday season approaches, we're reaching out to share an opportunity to make a meaningful impact this Christmas. Your generosity can bring joy to hundreds of Ugandan families in the Namatala and Karomoja slums.
In these communities, poverty is more than a word; it's a daily reality, especially in the remote area of Karomoja. Families face desperate situations, struggling against hunger and malnutrition.
Yet, in the face of these challenges, your kindness can be a beacon of hope. Last year, your support enabled us to provide food parcels and host a fantastic party, leaving an incredible impact. This year, with your help, we hope to repeat this gesture. Could you assist us in making a difference?
Your donation, regardless of size, will ensure that our pupils and their families experience the taste of happiness this Christmas. To contribute via JustGiving, please click here. For those who prefer PayPal, cheque, or online banking, please click through to our website here.
Additionally, your support doesn't end with a donation. Sharing our appeal with your network helps us reach more hearts and make this Christmas special for everyone! Any amount exceeding our target will provide food for needy children throughout the year.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Let's join together to make this Christmas a season of hope and happiness for those who need it most.