Missionaries, by nature, are generally a very committed group of people. It takes a great deal of commitment for foreign missionaries to leave their country, home, families and all that is part of their known world to travel overseas to a totally new and different culture and land.
During this Coronavirus pandemic, I have observed another level of their commitment. The majority of our AGWM missionaries have remained where they were serving when this virus began to spread. They are staying and serving where God called them to be, trusting in Him to take care of them as they find new and creative ways to continue to share the Gospel.
Tim and I, as we are assigned here in the states to work with Africa’s Hope see the same type of commitment here. Africa’s Hope continues to procure materials, write, edit, translate and print curriculum and prepare the materials to be shipped. We trust that some day soon, Tim will receive the word to start loading shipping containers full of curriculum for our 360+ Bible schools and training centers. The warehouse is being filled, and when the go ahead is given that ports are opening, container after container will be shipped to eager teachers and students who are anticipating their arrival.
There are limited things to do during this pandemic; we read, watch tv, clean the house, work online AND do puzzles!
The world as we have known it has gone about a drastic change in the past couple of weeks with the corona virus threat. Life changes daily and we don’t know how much worse things will become and how long this will last.
However, the things that we do know is that God is in control, Jesus is building his church and Christians should be beacons of light in the darkness. We need to take this situation in which we find ourselves to offer people Hope in the midst of their fear and uncertainty.
Tim and I have been self-isolating this past week and will continue even through this next week; we had possible exposure to the virus and my health issues put me at a high risk to contract the virus. Do we have faith in God’s protection for us? Yes! However, we want to use wisdom and not be so uncaring that we put those we love and other innocent people at risk. We will act with love and compassion to those around us. Jesus instructed us to love others as we love ourselves; and so we will.
Stay safe everyone. Stay calm and rest in the peace that passes all understanding. Be prepared to be used by God to light the darkness and bring Hope. It is what we are here to do.