Dear Friend, partner and co-laborer in Christ’s work:
The impact of the coronavirus is global and presenting new challenges to us all. The travel restrictions and limits on gatherings dramatically affect and limit church and mission activities. School closings are adding burdens to family with children and young people. Business restrictions are beginning an avalanche of reactions to both business owners and employees. The global economic implications are real.
Today, I feel impressed to speak to you as a woman of faith. Jesus told us that we are in this world but not of this world. So while we all are in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we do not respond as those who do not have hope in Christ. We have peace, not fear. We trust God and are not overcome with anxiety. Read Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 to fortify your personal faith. There are three additional things that I am sharing with you today:
First, know that we are praying for YOU. Fear is the enemy of faith. Trust that the Lord will bring you through this time of uncertainty. Be a voice of hope and peace to others in the darkest situations. The Lord will give you new and creative ways to live each day and to help others in practical ways.
Second, join me in praying for people around the world who are suffering in extreme and diverse ways. This crisis isn’t over yet. We must be strong and remember that our help is from the Lord.
Third, rejoice with me that the Lord has been preparing us for this season. We have been working diligently to develop many methods of evangelizing and training others via the internet. The work of Christ is not interrupted.
Stand with us during this crisis time. As you adjust your budget, keep missions at the top of your list. The Lord has promised that as we give to others, our own needs will be met. Your faithfulness in giving keeps the Gospel going into every nation. Borders may be closed, but the internet is open! We are there.
Friends, email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your prayer requests and to share with us what’s going on in your community. I want to hear from you. See below to donate. NOW is the time to evangelize. People are afraid and are looking for answers. Jesus is that answer. We are one together in this global crisis.
We care. We stand. Faith WINS!