Canada's Chief Public Health Officer said the “new normal” will have some profound changes on society. What these changes will be no one knows. What we do know is God is in control. He is not surprised by COVID-19.
He is working out his purposes through this global pandemic. But what is our response during this time of great uncertainty? We pray and discern our future steps. We try to understand our times. The way we serve, and minister, may indeed have to profoundly change. The way we gather for worship. The way we may even go to work.
But this is a time for us to reflect and look to God while we go through this challenging time.
For SIM, our ministries and where our workers are located may have changed but the mission of God remains the same. Now more than ever, people need to hear the Word of God and be welcomed into His family. People need to know the living God and find comfort that only He can provide.
I've been meditating on Psalm 23 over the last few weeks.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
My prayer is that these words would bring you comfort. That these words will bring those who do not yet know God, comfort. Perhaps you will be that messenger to those who need it most.
In the following pages of this edition of SIMNOW, you'll read stories of new and redeployed SIM workers just starting in their new ministries. These individuals are continuing the call of Christ despite what is happening around the world.
We praise God that He continues to bring passionate people to serve with us.
Be encouraged as you read about these young people and may you pray for them as they serve God in different parts of the world.