world shall emerge into the light.” Helen Keller
Greetings from Kansas City!
I am thankful that we serve a God that is above the fear, confusion and anxiety of the world. I am thankful that He knows what is going on and it is all still under His control. I am in awe that He can use a pandemic for His glory and honor. I am fully confident that while we are all very uncomfortable, His name will continue to be made known!
It is crazy to think about how a week has turned our lives upside down, in some aspects. Today, was the first day in Kansas City that restaurants, movie theaters, bars, etc. have been told to close down only allowing take out or delivery….. schools are closed…. stores are out of a lot of different things. At least here, there aren’t tons of cases of the virus, but the measures that are being taken will hopefully not allow it continue to spread.
When it comes to what Avant is doing… you can read our public statement. As an organization, we have been fortunate. We have missionaries in 50 countries and no one has tested positive for the virus, although one family is in quarantine. Many countries are under very strict situations where they can only leave their houses for groceries or medical. Pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world. This can be a good time for them to get much needed rest but it can also be hard and discouraging. Also pray that God uses this time to soften the hearts of many.
For the next several weeks, all staff (that can) are working from home. I have made a little area in my apartment my temporary office. I also created a little daily schedule to keep a routine and get things done that I haven’t had time to do. Because most universities are going to an online format, that stops missions conferences for spring and I have had to cancel a couple trips that were suppose to happen nationally and internationally.
As an organization we will continue serving. We will continue mobilizing. We will continue encouraging missionaries and ministries. We will continue to watch God work. We will continue to be a part of what God is doing globally.
Pray for the ministries and missionaries that are trying to figure out what this means for their countries/cities.
Pray for the Kansas City office staff who are working remotely. This can be isolating and discouraging when we can’t interact normally. Also pray for those who still have to go into the office, that they are able to do their job …. which probably is very lonely right now too. But, the show must go on! =0)
Pray for health and safety for all of us.
I can guarantee the thing that is benefiting the most from all of this is my dog 😉 She is loving that I am home all day.
I have been constantly praying for all of you. This is a time of a lot of uncertainty… possibly financial…. possibly health… or whatever. I pray that God gives you all a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Let me know how I can be praying for you guys specifically! Much love to all of you!