*** New Year’s Greetings from a President ***

I received the New Year’s greetings of Yayi Boni, the President of the Republic of Benin, which he addressed to his fellow citizens. I received them not because I am Beninese, but because the President and I are brothers in Jesus.  I had the pleasure of meeting him during his visit to Paris Centre Chretien several months ago. I was profoundly touched and moved to hear him share his living faith in Jesus Christ and how he trusted in God especially for his responsibilities!

Here is the beginning of President Boni’s greetings, which I can really relate to, you will understand why in reading them:

Cotonou, 31 December 2009

Beninese,

My Dear Countrymen,

Once again, God in his infinite goodness gives me the grace to address each one of you, to present my warm greetings at the beginning of this New Year 2010, in which all of us legitimately put much hope.

On this joyous and cheerful occasion, I have a special thought for those of our countrymen who are living in suffering, destitution, or solitude. May the all-powerful God pour out on them his bountiful grace!

I sympathize wholeheartedly with our brothers and sisters who have particularly suffered from the harmful floods resulting from the abundant rain registered during this year.

My sincere thoughts also go out to our countrymen who, even at this moment, consecrate themselves for our security, and to their armed brothers who are on mission in countries in difficult situations under the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations and the African Union.

To our friends representing the international community in Benin and to our Technical and Financial Partners, I address my faithful friendship for their constant support in the economic and social development of our dear country.

I also sympathize with our brothers and sisters of the diaspora, who, in these particular times, have their eyes and thoughts turned toward our country…

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Isn’t it touching to see that the President of a Republic recognizes God as being above him and isn’t ashamed to say it? He considers that God is good and that he gives him grace…

Two years earlier, another President, the President Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast, presented his best wishes to Top Chretien’s Internet users. You can find it again here on TopTv.

We should be encouraged not to be ashamed of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul declared it: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel: it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes, first, to the Jew; then to the Gentile…” Romans 1:16

Paul encourages Timothy by telling him: “So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel…” 2 Timothy 1:8

Listen again to Paul before King Agrippa: “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:27-29

These are my wishes for us Christians for this New Year: that we not be ashamed of Jesus Christ! He is marvelous, he is alive, and he is coming soon. Let’s talk about him; let’s share our faith with simplicity and joy. Let’s invite our friends to MonEglise.net or to ConnaitreDieu.com and let’s see God work in their lives!

I wish you, in the name of the entire Top Chretien team and of my wife, all my best wishes for 2010.

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