Today’s words of encouragement come from Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic.

What comes to mind when you think about waiting? Is it long lines at the DMV? Is it sitting in traffic? Maybe it’s waiting for a better job to come along so you can leave that boss you have never liked?
We most often think of waiting in terms of doing nothing. It’s sitting, being passive. It’s staring at your phone in line while you wait for the next person to check out or mindlessly filling out that work report while you wait for the weekend to come.
But what if waiting was more than something to escape from or suffer through?

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The concept of biblical waiting couldn’t be any farther from our typical everyday idea of waiting. In scripture, the term “wait on the Lord” means to hope, anticipate, and trust! Godly waiting is not something that happens to us, but something that we ACTIVELY choose! It is the expectation and knowledge that God will do something far greater than we could ever imagine or accomplish if we tried to do it independently.

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All over the globe, people are starting to prepare for one of the most celebrated seasons of the year: Christmas! It is a season of anticipation. It is the coming of hope. It is a time to remind our hearts and our minds that God became flesh and made his dwelling among us! With all the busyness and holiday activities, we often forget that the center of the weeks leading up to it is around this idea of active waiting.

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God leaving heaven and moving into our neighbourhood is the motivation for all we do at Students International! It is why we believe so strongly in doing long term, relational, community development. It is why we sacrifice ourselves on behalf of those who are broken and hurting. It is the reason we believe that there is hope for a better tomorrow!
But we must remind ourselves of this vital truth!
Here at Students International, we want to invite you to wait with us this year actively. To not passively allow the busyness of the holiday season to happen to us but instead choose to wait expectantly for the arrival of the greatest gift the world has ever received.
“Unto us, a child is born, to us, a son is given” – Isaiah 6:9