J.P. and Megan returned to their country after several months of travel. They are thankful that the birth of Micah went well. The Coronavirus has been affecting their lives in many ways. In the last week three trainings were cancelled, J.P.'s mom had to leave earlier than planned, their teammates arrived hours before the travel ban was enacted, a medical trip to a local country was cancelled, and J.P. is having to undo all the bookings he worked on for the last month. While they aren't under any sort of lockdown at the moment, they have cancelled travel and are anticipating the possibility of restricted outings in the future.
Megan has been super thankful for the leadership at Immanuel in reminding them of different ways the Lord could be working in these times, and the faithful reminders to set their minds on Him when faced with frightening circumstances. They have the unique privilege of offering real hope in the face of death.
And so they have continued to seek to equip the saints for the work of ministry by going about their regular activities. J.P. meets with two believers weekly to teach systematic theology. A group from their gathering brought clothes to a leper colony where they meet regularly for Bible study.
Pray that J.P. and Megan will be found faithful in all they do.
Pray that God will continue to protect their family and lead them.
Pray for God to strengthen the local church and save unbelievers.
Matt and Annie are thankful to Christ, who is risen and reigning as King. It is to him they are taking their anxious thoughts about the future. It is an uncertain season for all of us, but they trust in the one who holds the keys of Hades and Death. As many of you know, before this pandemic, it was already a difficult season for their pastors and church. They recently lost one family because of a disagreement, they will have three families move in the coming weeks for financial reasons, one of their deacons has only been promised two more weeks of pay from the store he manages, and others are having hours slashed. As of now, the next time they meet physically there will be 15 less people present. This will be hard for their congregation as there will be no official goodbyes.
In all these uncertainties and trials, they continue to take one step after another in faith as they seek to minister to their congregation. They are utilizing the internet for Sunday sermons, Zoom for their Community Groups, a Bible reading podcast, and online giving. They even have a virtual membership interview scheduled for this week.
Pray for them as they continue to plod forward in faith.
Pray that their members will put away anger and bitterness and put on love and compassion.
Pray for the pastors and deacons to lead with love and faith during this season.
The Deacons have recently restructured themselves in order to best serve the body and see to it that no one is needy in our midst. They now primarily operate in three Mercy Teams in which deacons focus their energies on specific categories of care: shut-ins, orphans, widows, job-loss, internationals, and many more. These Mercy Teams also continue to oversee many Sunday morning ministries such as Guest Reception, Transportation, Hospitality, and Security teams. In addition to this new structure each Deacon continues to work alongside specific Elders as they oversee GCGs.
Pray that the Lord would be their strength as they seek to care for Immanuel in the middle of this pandemic.
Pray for greater wisdom as they consider the needs of God’s people.
Pray that they will serve well and be an encouragement to the body.
Bible in Heart Language:
The Bedouin are Sunni Muslims that live primarily in the Arabian Gulf. Most of their economy is based on raising livestock. For the most part, all of the Bedouin groups are unreached with the Gospel.
Pray that God will give Bedouin believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
Pray a first church would be planted amongst the Bedouin.
Ask God to give connections for believers to engage the Bedouin.