The Light of the World

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

With Christmas a mere week and a half away, you can’t help but start to get excited. Christmas is full of family, friends, laughter, and love. But what is the reason we celebrate this holiday season? God’s gift: Jesus.

We, as the Church, look at Christmas as so much more than just paid holidays, work parties, fancy dinners, presents, and all that Christmas has been made into in our modern-day society. We approach this season with grateful hearts, the joy of Christ in our lives, and the hope of His return.

But, there are so many people in our world who do not know the Gospel, let alone the nativity story.

This is quite upsetting, isn’t it? While we will be happily celebrating the birth of our Savior, there will be many people around the globe with not even a glimmer of hope this Christmas.

Take a moment to reflect on this. What does it look like?

Here at GMI we wanted to make it easier to not only picture, but understand this concept. The Christmas tree below represents the world, and the lights represent believers and their “gospel wattage.”

The way we calculate and define gospel watts is explained in great detail at We encourage you to give us your feedback on the page and our formula in the “comments” section on the bottom part of the page.

This Christmas, wherever you are celebrating, I encourage you to join us in praying over this Missiographic. We list several ways to pray on the infographic itself, as well as on the application section of the infographic webpage. Some examples include:

  • Pray for the darker parts of the tree, countries and regions that are darkest according to our gospel wattage formula, and for countries and places that might have light bulbs, but they’re not shining due to persecution.
  • Pray that they may receive the great news of the Savior’s birth this Christmas, or even next Christmas.
  • Pray for all the missionaries who are working to add more light bulbs to the tree and increase the wattage.
  • Give praise for the countries and areas that are shining brightest. Pray that their light may shine onto others.

By praying this Christmas season, we have an opportunity to bless people around the world with the gift of the Gospel, for there is truly no greater gift that could be given than this.

I and the GMI staff wish you a very happy and prayer-filled Christmas. God bless!