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MISSIONS DURING COVID-19
What does missions look like during a pandemic?
Hear from our ACAC missionaries around the world.
Guy & Denise Maurin
MALAYSIA | Denise’s father passed away on August 17, 2020 and she was unable to return to the states for the funeral due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thirteen hours later, their grandson was born. Yet, they remain to faithfully serve.
“As followers of Jesus Christ we have a wonderful opportunity during these uncertain times to demonstrate God’s love, hope, peace and security. May we keep our eyes focused on Jesus Christ as we minister with love, compassion and hope to those around us.”
Guy & Denise Maurin, Dalat International School
Josh & Jackie Blanchard
CAMBODIA | Josh travelled to a remote province in Cambodia to film a very special event—the dedication of the Kui New Testament.
"The Good News of Jesus has arrived in our village and IT IS OURS! There is no greater value than what we hold here in our hands!"
Young Kui women, receiving her Bible
“Over the last few months, we have all had to mourn the continued impact of COVID-19 on our communities and loved ones. With COVID-19, Kenya has closed its borders to international travel and imposed curfews with inter-county travel restrictions. Given the busy nature of our orthopaedics department, we typically rely on visitors to help us handle the clinical load and bring SIGN nails. By God’s grace, we have been able to have SIGN nails shipped directly, allowing us to continue to perform fixation of long bone fractures, one of our most common procedures. Over the last three months, we have been very busy with ortho trauma as we have had many referrals from hospitals that have shut down operations due to COVID-19. We are thankful that God has provided the fortitude to handle such a busy clinical load during these uncertain times.”
Stuart & Rebecca Guild
INDONESIA | Stuart and Rebecca share a video of how CMA workers are coming alongside an indigenous Indonesian fellowship during this time of COVID to bless their community.
“There is great solidarity and awareness of national grief and a need for connection at this time of COVID. Here everyone uses WhatsApp, and there are so many encouraging words, newly written songs, or memes and jokes flying around the country, plus many related notifications. Pray for deeper openness to the Gospel in this crisis throughout Spain."
"Ministries are all being carried out online as much as possible, with the exception of NGOs that are providing food and other approved forms of help. Just yesterday, two of my coworkers took a van full of food to an area where we usually minister to immigrants.”
|“The last two weeks, people have been encouraged by the Tokyo governor to stay home on the weekends, unless it is absolutely necessary to go out. Some groups still meet on Sunday morning but most churches have gone to online services in the past month. Formal classes and Bible studies have been canceled for the time being but I have enjoyed contacting my students by phone weekly and staying in touch with Kazumi almost daily. Being able to share God’s promises of His presence with us and His love for us has been an encouragement to her and me.”|
|“Wanting to help some folks but not really knowing the best way, I settled on putting together bags of food and distributing them to the tuk tuk and PassApp drivers (aka Uber drivers). Since many foreigners returned to their passport countries and people were spending more time at home due to COVID-19, I figured they were lacking a significant amount of their fares. Emma, Becky (who is in the states), and I pitched in for groceries. Emma and I shopped, assembled the 10 bags, and distributed them over the next 3 days. I asked Leak to type up something in Khmer that would help them understand we are doing this because of Jesus and we included that in the bag.”||
“COVID is going to directly affect our ministry. For example, no school ministry and our Friday afternoon activities will have to be canceled for the time being. However, we will not be stopped! We will continue to visit the children and families in the neighborhoods and during this time of fear, encourage them to trust in the one who can give them true peace - Jesus Christ! We can all do the same! God is still in control and we need to be a light for Him in a dark time, a time when many people are seeking comfort and peace. May His peace and love shine through us all!”
Many people are not working and are having problems with their finances and how to provide for their families. We have had the privilege and opportunity to be the light of Christ during this time! We have been giving out snacks and lollipops to the kids since this all began but just recently began distributing bags of corn and beans, as well as a box of Margarine. (We have helped almost 100 families and plan to help at least 100 more.) This isn't a lot of food, but everyone has been extremely appreciative of the assistance. Most importantly, we have been explaining to everyone that in order to hope in God, which is what literally 95% of the people are saying, they must first trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior! We have been handing out a tract and praying with each family. What a blessing it has been!
Rimo & Loza
CREATIVE ACCESS COUNTRY
COVID required us to suspend our business activities, but not our outreach. We responded by starting a project with one of our employees and her chef-husband to bless our community with healthy, well-balanced meals. We packaged meals in nice serving dishes and used volunteers to deliver directly to homes. The project quickly expanded when our next door neighbor, who is the president of a non-profit organization helping women and children, got involved and provided much needed resources. With her resources, we were able to deliver to many more families in desperate need. She even connected us to the governor of the city who supported our efforts!
We served the poorest of the poor, those whose families are disabled, families of 6+ living in a one-bedroom apartment and those confined to their homes because they were suspected to have the virus. At its peak we served up to 110 meals, 3 days per week to those in need. We have wrapped up the project—serving over 4,000 meals!
Providing meals is a new concept here—but it has been greatly accepted and appreciated, especially by our non-believing neighbors. We are hoping for opportunities to share with those we served the "why" behind it all. Please continue to pray.
“A new perspective: Many of you in the West are unable to attend church due to COVID. Please use this as an opportunity to lift up your brothers and sisters here and around the world who are unable to worship freely everyday. They meet in secret, often not regularly, having to sing quietly, or not sing at all for security reasons. Share this concept with your children, grand-children, friends and family.”
Rimo & Loza
This global pandemic has significantly impacted our international workers. They are making deep sacrifices to stay and minister to their local communities during very difficult times. When you give, you are keeping our Alliance workers in place to provide tangible help and the true hope and peace only Jesus can offer during this time of fear and uncertainty.