Today I “attended” church online; it’s not my preferred way to attend church but during this time when Covid is surging again it is the way I must worship to protect myself with a compromised immune system.
Pastor’s sermon talked about living between two worlds. The Apostle Paul addresses this in II Corinthians 5 when he talks about the fact that we are “living in tents” here in this life but that someday we will be living in our permanent heavenly homes.
While we are living “between two worlds”, we have two purposes in life. The first is to please Jesus and the second is to proclaim Jesus.
Our missionary calling embraces these two purposes. We continue to effectively do both as we work at Africa’s Hope (Tim) and Africa House – Communications (Joyce).
We thank you for your prayers and your support as we live out God’s call on our lives.
When we started 2020, we had no idea how the year would unfold and forever change us; as a nation, as a Christian as an individual.
Change is not always bad; as individuals we choose if the change to us is for the better or for the worse.
Our nation will be forever changed; we have experienced a difficult and divisive election. Covid-19 has changed us. We have close to 400,000 people who have died and hundreds of thousands who have been affected by these deaths. We have experienced fear and anxiety and painful distancing from our loved ones.
We have had our eyes and hearts opened to our prejudices and to injustice. We have seen how minorities are mistreated and how they often live in fear and anger at the injustices they encounter in their daily lives. No one can deny it or ignore it any longer.
There are so many difficult changes that we have faced as a nation and as individuals. I am only responsible for my own response in all of this change.
Some of the changes that I have committed to and hope to make in my own life:
- Fear can cripple, I must choose to trust God in all situations.
- I am guilty of some prejudices in my own heart; I will work on seeing all people as God sees them. They are lost or they are found; this alone should be the way I view people. I must be an agent committed to bringing justice and equality for all people.
- People are hurting; they need to hear me speak of the peace, healing and hope found only in Jesus.
- God has not called me to argue, debate, condemn or contribute to the negative and explosive environment. My purpose is to love people and help them find their way to God.
- I am not immune to all the pain, fear, death and violence around me. I can and have been touched by it all. I submit to God’s will for my life. The bad does not overcome me, but it does affect me.
- Life is uncertain; God is unchanging and faithful.
I hope i am learning to be more patient, more full of faith, more compassionate, less negative and more positive. Mostly, I hope I am becoming more like Christ.
We have a lot of these lizard like reptiles in Africa. They are best known for their ability to change color to adapt to their environment.
Missioaries also have to have this same ability in order to be successful.
During this pandemic, we have had to adjust and change a great deal to continue to reach the lost of Africa. We continue to find new ways of accomplishing our goals.
Although the times have made it difficut to keep moving forward, God has opened new doors and helped us be creative.
Thank you for your prayers and fairhful partnership.