Dear Mission Columbus partners and friends,
We are deeply concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on Americans and people around the world. We are taking the necessary precautions and adjusting our work routines to minimize the risk of infection to others and to ourselves, as are other Christian organizations.
The pandemic is an opportunity for the Church to model Jesus’ compassion and sacrificial love to those in need like it has throughout history. With this in mind, Mission Columbus will work with the leaders of para-church organizations and churches we serve to determine how to serve the community in the coming months.
Prayer is and will always be the most appropriate response in times of great need. Prayer guides us through trials and uncertainty and it’s our weapon against fear, panic, and confusion.
Join with us in praying for…
- Clarity, wisdom, and unity for government leaders at all levels across the world.
- Insight and adaptability for pastors as they pivot to a new way of “doing church” that gives them a vital role in calming fears, providing accurate information, creating virtual connections, and protecting the vulnerable.
- Supernatural peace, strength, bravery, clarity of thought, and increased support from the Church and community for nonprofit leaders.
- Wisdom for business leaders as many shift the way they do things and as some are forced to downsize and cut jobs.
- Peace and provision for employees and business owners who will experience financial hardship.
- Wisdom for educators as they play a vital role in containment while making sure students don’t fall behind.
- Protection and stamina for the healthcare community as they care for the sick and work on medical intervention.
- Accuracy and truthfulness for the media as they seek to keep us informed.
- Patient endurance for all community members that we would follow expert guidelines, maintain relationships, be wise with social media and help others as much as possible.
- Spiritual discernment for the world that it would see the peace, hope, and unselfish love of Christians.
As we deal with this pandemic and its crippling effects, we remember that Jesus is still Lord of heaven and earth. No matter what circumstances we might face, He is our Shield and Defender in times of trouble. We are His, and He is ours — and in trusting Him, we stand firm on the Rock of Ages. When fear and anxiety enter into our hearts — as they will at times — we turn to Him, and trust Him, and settle into the peace of God. As the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4–7
Full of hope,
Jean-Paul Tiendrebeogo and Tyler Flynn