John the Baptist seems to be a bit of a tragic figure. He had a miraculous birth and then it seemed downhill from there for a lot of years. He failed at setting a fashion trend with his camel hair attire and his culinary skills were a bit lacking. But living in the desert he probably did not have much of a social life anyway. Then his time came! People from near and far flocked to him adsorbing his message of baptism and repentance. Matthew says, “People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River”. He became the rock star of the moment making an incredible impact and splash! And, to top that, he introduced the world to Jesus in a dramatic baptism orchestrated by the Father Himself. He was the center of the world!
You would think that the next time he ran into Jesus he would play to the crowd continuing the glow of fame and success, but instead, he humbly declared with a passion, “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30) It was not about the crowds, the fame or the work for John – it had become about Jesus, so much that it was a complete joy to glorify Jesus above himself.
This year at CSI we are committing to live out John 3:30 in all we do. We want to share less about the activities in which we are engaged and highlight the impact and complete joy of what happens when we step back allowing Jesus to be even greater. Some amazing stories of grace are coming!
We are praying for many more people committing to serve on teams, for a praying base lifting up CSI to boldly follow where Jesus is leading and an abundance of giving partners to share financially providing the necessary means to have even more impact for the Gospel. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do!
John Key, Executive Director
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Virtual House Builds Jamaica | Building up the local church. We are partnering with the local pastors and they are helping us select the house recipients. They have been a real blessing to the home recipient and CSI Staff. We are including their members in the entire process from bringing lunches at the building site to offering to assist with the house dedications. The house recipient then is able to stay connected with the church after the build is complete. It’s a win-win for the body of Christ in Jamaica and our staff is able to work too! God is using this ministry for CSI to empower and equip the local church to do His work.