T’was the night before Christmas and all through the land,
Not a creature was stirring not a woman or man.
No music, no worship, no toys, decorations,
For His grace, peace and love, has not come to this nation.
I must jump in my Honda and streak through the sky,
Knowing full well that Hondas can’t fly.
I will visit each household before the first light,
I’ll cover the country and all in one night.
To get in each house is the difficult part,
So I’ll pray, knock and shout at the door of each heart.
My sack holds the blessings to grant all their wishes,
The supply it is endless like the loaves and the fishes.
Though no candy, no mangers, or trees covered with lace,
I’ll cry out the message to folks of each place.
I will fill every home with His love and His joy,
More precious they’ll learn than a human-made toy.
If they’re open to learning I’ll leave them a tract,
And promise them quietly I’ll soon hurry back.
But if rejected again, kicked out of their life,
I’ll leave them a blessing and won’t cause any strife.
I can do all this Lord, only through You,
But I do need your guidance, it’s not easy to do.
The desire You gave me is to set their hearts free,
And You enabled by efforts through my own B4T.
The goal is to honor the birth of the One,
That was sent to redeem us, Your most Holy Son.
Yet the workplace alone won’t give people a shove,
We must model for them you most holy Love.
To celebrate Christmas, the birth of my King
I long for all people to join the praises I sing.
So to all of my friends, lest Your glory I rob,
Remind them dear Jesus who gave me this job.
So we shout Hallelujah as we workship and pray,
As we wish You dear Jesus a blessed birthday!

To all the BAM and B4T workers around the world, the staff of the OPEN Network wishes you a very blessed celebration of Jesus.



PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.