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Category Archive: COVID-19

  1. You are the Light of the World

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    The Covid 19 pestilence will have long-lasting impact even beyond the suffering it brings now. Our lives are being turned upside down by sickness, death, quarantine and business shutdowns. Yet we have one, Jesus Christ, who has overcome the world and its pestilence (John 16:33). 

    As Christ-followers and CBMC marketplace ambassadors, let us be determined to use this period (however long) wisely for the kingdom of heaven. This is a time for each of us to understand, once and for all, that our joy comes from above, from God, not from earthly circumstances and success here. (James 1:16-18) The more we can live with this deep truth, the brighter our lights will shine (Matthew 5:14).

    Personally, I am trying to see each day as an opportunity to reach out to family, friends, neighbors and colleagues in the marketplace – just one or two people everyday. Some of them I have not spoken to in many months.  Everyone I speak with appreciates this contact. They know I cared enough to reach out to them. 

    I have already had opportunities to pray with and for friends who do not know Jesus. It helps and encourages them and points them to “the way, the truth and life” (John 14:6). Somehow these conversations give them hope which the world cannot give. We give each other hope when we live and share the love of Christ (I Corinthians 13). Give it a try; especially during this Easter Season as colleagues, friends and family may be searching for answers.

    Blessings,

    Jim

    Global Prayer Points

    Join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership:

    Africa: The virus has created serious viability challenges for African small businesses. Pray that these pressures do not lead to business closures, and serious stressful challenges for the entrepreneurs.

    Europe: Pray for Europartners as we are preparing for the next decade and for after Coronavirus.

    Latin America: Pray for wisdom as various new initiatives are launched to support, encourage and equip the CBMC family and leaders in the region.
     
    North America: Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus. Also for the finances that are needed to do ministry here in Canada.

  2. From the Desk of Jim Firnstahl – April 6 2020

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    Staff directors global-leadership

    Dear Beloved CBMC Colleagues:

    These are truly unusual times! The Coronavirus has altered many aspects of our daily life and this fact alone causes many to be fearful and wonder what the future will bring. Yet for the Christ-follower, we know the Lord wants to give us His strength to carry on. Knowing the great challenge that Joshua faced before entering the promised land, God instructed him this way:

    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be dismayed, for the Lord is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

    Please stay strong and courageous during these difficult times. God will bring us through this and together we will continue to bring His Gospel to the marketplace.

    Allow me to I offer three simple practices:
    1. Keep praying everyday for family, local church family, neighbors, co-workers, employees and CBMC colleagues. Ask God to guide your every step, grant you his peace and safely deliver you. Keep praying also for those on your Top 10 List.

    2. Try and meet with your CBMC team every week, online if necessary. Pray with and encourage one another; go through devotionals (Monday Manna) together and help each other with issues at work and home; keep planning events in the future and keep discipling. Allow God to knit you together during these trials into an effective CBMC team. This may also be a good time to go over the basics of CBMC ministry: the Six Ministry Practices and Operation Timothy.

    3. Try to speak with one or two people everyday outside your close circle of family and friends; old friends and work colleagues, neighbors and your Top 10 list. Phone them or go online. Let them know you care about them; show them love, kindness and gentleness. This could have great impact. As we spend more time apart, we will need to hear from and be encouraged by one another.

    Finally, please contact me directly or the CBMC International office with any concerns or questions you may have. We are here for you. May the love, grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be yours in abundance.

    Blessings,
    Jim Firnstahl, President