Opportunity In Crisis (March 2020)
I usually send updates the end of the month, but I felt led to update you sooner because of our current pandemic. I figured you can use as much encouragement and good news as possible these days. This is one of those seasons where Jesus’ words in Jn. 16:33 mean so much, a verse I’ve clung to on many occasions, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” COVID-19 is just one of many tribulations His people have faced, but we can take heart and have courage because He has overcome the world. We will get through this. We will get to the other side and look back to see amazing results for those who are called according to His purpose. Already we are hearing of restored relationships, new openness to the Gospel, and a deeper appreciation for fellowship. We need to be those who embrace this as opportunity rather than a threat from which we shrink back. As our pastor Kenny Thacker reminds us, we can persevere with joy.
At the same time, many of you are facing sudden and bewildering setbacks. One friend told me he thinks he will lose his 50-year-old family business. Like him, I suspect a few of you are wondering how to break the news to me that you will have to stop your financial support, at least for a season. If you are in that situation, I want to ease your mind—we understand. In fact, we draw confidence from 2 Cor. 8:12-15 where Paul makes clear that some have abundance to give at certain times, and others do not. He said, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.” For Completion Global, and any ministry you care about, God will move some of you to give a one-time or extra gift in order to make up for those who have to cut back. In God’s economy, He will work it out.
In terms of ministry, we are demonstrating love toward others by giving up our liberty, so we don’t become carriers of this virus. We have converted our travel and face-to-face meetings to videoconferencing on Zoom. As a result, we are meeting with more people than ever, and as we are introducing people to each other, they are connecting and creating collaboration faster than ever. Connections that took months to set up are happening the same or next day. “Opportunity in the midst of crisis”--if you will steer your boat into this wind-- instead of resisting the wind or panicking in the waves, you will see the Lord produce fruit through you for His Kingdom. We love you and appreciate you!