March 24, 2020
Greetings to you in the name of Jesus,
We want to provide an update to our supporters, partners, and wider community of friends about how the global response to COVID-19 is affecting our work. We thank God that to date no one from Global Disciples has tested positive for the Coronavirus. Please pray for our health and safety as many of our teams work in regions where there is very limited access to testing and health care.
All travel and trainings in Global Disciples have been cancelled until further notice. Our Executive Team has a Zoom meeting once a week (or more often if required). We are ensuring that our teams are kept up to date and encouraged. To help reduce the transmission of this virus, we are requiring all of our staff to work from home. Our continental gatherings of staff (X222) are being adapted to virtual events.
In times like this, we are all challenged to continue to live, act, and make choices by our faith in Jesus. Many of our choices will increasingly become sacrificial. Please continue to give to the local fellowship (church) you belong to. They need your encouragement and support especially when gathering together is no longer an option. Global Disciples exists to provide an opportunity for everyone in the world to hear about Jesus – especially those in least reached areas. We would be grateful if in the additional portion of your giving you would include Global Disciples.
In my lifetime I have never experienced such a disruption of world systems. This is much more than a health issue – this is shaking our financial systems, our political systems, our government systems, and our social systems to name a few. I am spending much time in study and prayer on these two questions: where is the presence of God in these days; and what is His purpose in these times?
Eighteen months ago I wrote a series of studies for the theme of our current year in Global: The Power of God’s Presence in the Wilderness. The key text was Deuteronomy 8:1-5 ‘… remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness…’. It is by God’s grace, and for God’s glory, that our teams are well prepared for the wilderness experience that all nations are experiencing. God is with us and leading us all the way.
As you consider the question of God’s purpose, pause your reading to this letter and ponder the photo of one of our training groups praying over their small town in the valley below.
Our trainings exist to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who have an unshakeable faith that God is on the throne, and He alone will have the final word over every part of life. That is why they stand and pray.
God’s purpose remains the same: that we would be drawn back to intimate fellowship with Him. Read these two texts which call us back to Jesus, and to prayer for His reconciling love to touch the world.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15 … if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20 … God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
As you awaken at the start of each day, find a place where you can ‘stand and pray’ with your arms raised over your family, your community, your nation, your world.
In Christ’s redeeming love,