RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
I’ve written previously about the importance of hope during the coronavirus pandemic. Hope is the antidote to fear, a way of facing the future clinging to faith in the God who loves us. Our trust in God gives us the opportunity to follow His example as servants, sharing our time, efforts and resources on behalf of others. It gives us a foundation for generosity, even when the prevailing mindset is one of scarcity.
This is the kind of hopeful generosity I want to extend to our global partners during this crisis. When India ordered a lockdown, millions lost their jobs and, subsequently, their ability to provide food and other basic necessities for themselves and their families. Our partners there are committed to delivering packages of food and soap to support families in their regions. Another partner, in a rural region of Central Asia, runs two health clinics and is distributing critical medial supplies for life-saving care.
In these situations, and others, our partners are often the only Christian presence among their primarily Hindu and Muslim neighbors. Pray with us that their generosity brings a light during these dark times, and that many would not only be sustained for the needs of today, but might also ask the reason for the hope our partners have.
Though we sense the possibility of our own resources diminishing during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m mindful that this season calls us to come alongside our frontier mission sisters and brothers in prayer and financial support. To that end, we’ve created a downloadable prayer resource to guide your petitions. We’ve also initiated an Emergency Relief Fund to help alleviate the resource burden on these friends around the world. I invite you to pray fervently. I encourage you to give generously so we can distribute funds for these emergency situations and others as they arise.
Grace and Peace,
Richard L. Haney