We are going through unprecedented times, with the spreading of coronavirus around the world and big changes coming in for us all. But we know that, as Christians, we do not need to panic. We can experience God’s peace, resting in the assurance that He holds the whole world, and our personal future, in His hands. ‘My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth… The LORD watches over you… The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life’ (Psalm 121).
Working from home
Everyone in UK has been asked to work from home, if possible. At CAM International’s UK office in Preston, Director Dave Garrard lives with his wife Ruth in the upstairs flat. Dave works in the downstairs office, as do Andrew & Lyn Ramsey (Admin Assistant and Editor). However, the Ramseys have now arranged to work from their home. Andrew will collect the post twice a week from the CAM office and deal with it at home. Kym Delport, CAM’s Administrator, already works from her home in Gloucester. With the Internet and BT cloud phone system, everything should be fine – although packing and posting the magazines could present a challenge later on in April! (To complicate things, the Garrards and Ramseys are all in the vulnerable over-70s age group, needing to self-isolate too!) Pray for us all at the home end!
Travel and gatherings
Our personnel are being affected in different ways by the pandemic. Home end workers have had to cancel planned trips to Africa; those on leave in UK (McKillops, Sam Livingston) may have to extend their stay for some months; Daniel Habtey has had to cancel his plans to minister to groups of Eritreans in UK and abroad. The da Silvas are hoping and praying that the coronavirus will not spread into Mozambique from South Africa, in which case they would have to cancel classes in their Vocational Centre and Pre-school. Carol Seymour, Ginny Perkins and Lloyd Rowlands, in Lubumbashi, have just heard that public gatherings have been banned across DR Congo. Lloyd is sad that he must now cancel his plan to fly to Kinshasa (the capital) next week for a period of ministry in the churches there. Pray for our missionaries!
At this time of global turmoil, with the health crisis and all its associated knock-on effects, with the huge uncertainties, panic and fear… let’s pray that people will turn to God in repentance and faith. Let’s pray that each one of us may know how we can play a part in this.
‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46 10)