In light of recent circumstances involving the coronavirus, we thought it would be good to provide an update about where we are at in life and ministry. As you would be aware, the World Health Organization along with governments around the world have been giving recommendations to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. We are currently spending as much time as we can at home, not out of fear or panic, but in an effort to respect the authorities and to do our part in protecting those who are most vulnerable.
Before these circumstances came about, we had the opportunity at the end of last month to travel with our two interns Maddie and Bianca to Fort Lauderdale. We were able to promote EE Changemakers, and I had the privilege of sharing the Vision for the program at EE’s annual fundraising Banquet.
We have since been working on putting together a comprehensive manual for the Changemakers program and will work at finishing this in the coming weeks. We are praying that it will be a great resource for future leaders as EE seeks to establish the program in all 7 regions of the world. We are uncertain at this stage whether it will be possible to run the program in Fiji this June-July. We are still preparing as if it is going ahead and are keeping a close eye on travel advisories and bans. The Senior Leadership of EE will likely make a call on whether we proceed or postpone within the next two weeks. Please pray for wisdom as this decision is made.
EE has encouraged its staff to avoid face to face training where it infringes upon the Government’s recommendations and have encouraged people to participate in EE’s new online Evangelism training. This training has been developed as part of a movement called Go2020, encouraging believers around the world to reach 1 billion people with the Gospel in the month of May. Perhaps you would consider checking out the training, especially if you’re at home with a lot of time on your hands. You can check out the training here: https://eei.pathwright.com/library/go2020/92719/about/
On a personal note, our son Tim will be out of school until at least April 15th. For him, this might be a blessing in disguise as he has a lot of online classes that he has to complete from 7th Grade before the start of May. We are praying that he will be able to get through his work and finish the year out strong so he can graduate and start High School in August. It is hard to know how long schools will be closed though, so we would appreciate your prayers as we take care of him and keep him entertained.
As day to day life in our world seems to be changing rapidly, we can take comfort that our God is unchanged, immovable, and still King. He cares for us and still wants to use us despite these bizarre circumstances. I’m currently reading a book called “Anxious for Nothing” by John McArthur. It had been sitting on our bookshelf collecting dust, but when panic began to set in over the past few weeks here in the States, I thought it would be a good idea to read it. I’m not necessarily anxious about the circumstances, but I know many people are, and we are seeking to be an encouragement to others in this time.
Here are a couple of great and applicable quotes from what I’ve read so far:
“The church does well as a whole when the shepherds and the sheep bond together to correct the wayward, encourage the worried, hold up the weak, be patient with the wearisome, and repay the wicked with love. That is the bigger picture on attacking anxiety.”
“There’s no greater gift for the anxious than God’s peace. It is not subject to circumstances.”
Even though most churches are unable to meet at this time, we still have a role to play in encouraging the worried, holding up the weak, and even repaying the wicked (i.e. toilet paper hoarders) with love. If you know Christ then you know peace, and we can share that peace with others.
If there is any way that we can pray for you during this time, please leave a comment or get in touch with us.
Mitch, Ash & Tim