Pestilence Confronted: Covid is Challenging the Status Quo

“The LORD reigns; the LORD on high is mighty!” Psalm 93:1,4

Covid continues to make people feel vulnerable and fearful. During the Christmas and New Year holidays I had the opportunity to speak with family and friends, and I am sure many of you did also. It is clear to me that everyone has been forced to ask themselves what they believe about God and the world and whether anyone is ultimately in charge? It seems the length and scope of suffering and death from Covid-19 cannot be ignored. I discovered during my many conversations, revealing statements including “you wonder what is going on,” “why do things like this happen,” “what is the purpose of all this suffering,” “where is God in all of this” and “how should I understand these things.”

On the negative side: many people are really shaken and fearful. But on a positive note: more people are willing to talk seriously about life. This can open opportunities to build connections and relationships for deeper conversations about life, God and Jesus. As Christ-followers and members of CBMC, we need to be ready with simple statements about the source of our own comfort and peace. No deep theology or doctrine is necessary. Just be able to explain that your strength, peace and courage come from the fact that you have learned to trust God in times like these. I tell people that my comfort comes from the verses above and many like them in the Bible. I tell them I have come to realize God is ultimately in charge, and because He is always good I trust Him. Be willing to spend time with people and be disciple makers!

Now is a good time for each of us to update and pray through our “top ten list” asking God to give us opportunities in our conversations to be His witnesses.

Blessings,
Jim

Global Prayer Points

As we seek to see our marketplace transformed by the Gospel, join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership.

Africa: Pray for the translation teams working on translating Operation Timothy into Portuguese and Arabic.

Asia/Pacific: Pray for the translation of Operation Timothy to Khmer, the language of Cambodia.

Europe: Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]

Latin America: Pray for good follow-up from the Transcende 2020 virtual conference hosted earlier by CBMC Mexico and the speakers from Latin America.

North America: Pray for establishing an e-CBMC (next generation) in North America Korean CBMC. Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus.

If you have a prayer request, please send an email to CBMC International.