China, Iran, Italy — these coronavirus hot spots have seemingly been turned upside down because of this invisible foe, and it’s not the only thing many battle against in these regions. With Asia and the Middle East among our most pinnacle ministry landscapes, their fear and pain has not gone unfelt. Now more than ever, our programs and presence in these areas play a vital role in meeting individuals in their isolation with the hope of the gospel.
1. PRAY FOR THE AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED THE GREATEST AND FOR THE MINISTRY HAPPENING WITHIN THEM
Here’s how you can be praying:
- Pray for the health and safety of all who find themselves in affected regions.
- Pray that their hearts would be opened to the Lord and that he would be their source of peace through this difficult time.
- Pray for our teams and specialized programs throughout these regions, that they would be a voice of hope and truth through all of this uncertainty.
We believe in the redemptive power of God’s Word, and there is nothing that speaks more life-giving hope. When times are uncertain, it’s important to fall back on its truths and look to him for comfort. So, make a list of verses which you feel embody “hope” and let scripture speak to you during this crisis. Pray over these verses and share your list with a friend so that they might benefit as well!
2. TURN TO THE WORD
3. READ A MISSIONS-FOCUSED BOOKGreat Commission inspiration is all around us, and while many movements and travel opportunities have been changed with the onset of COVID-19, the mission remains the same. It’s important to remember that. That’s why stories like that of God’s work in our own ministry are so important: we serve a big God, and he has great plans for everything, even this. When times are uncertain, it’s important to fall back on its truths and look to him for comfort. So, read a missions-minded book — like Towers to Eternity — or missionary biography to remind your head and heart why God’s work in you is so very important!
4. PRAY FOR MISSIONARIES
TWR Canada and our partners have missionaries all over the world, many of whom currently reside and minister to areas deeply impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. You can learn about our missionaries here.
Here’s how you can be praying for them directly:
- Prayers for health and safety as many live under quarantine and self-isolation measures.
- Prayers for their work and logistical limitations as many are now working from home. Many meetings and trips have also now been cancelled or postponed due to travel restrictions.
- Pray for their ministry: that the virus and all of its repercussions would not hinder their ministry, but rather that it would be strengthened. That this would be an incredible opportunity to minister to many who would otherwise not hear the message of the gospel.
5. BE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE
With much of the world slowing down and social distancing in effect, many are feeling worried and disconnected. You can touch your community straight through those barriers: reach out and encourage friends, family, and neighbours alike by phone, text or email. Each point of contact is a wonderful opportunity for them to share in your peace!
6. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR
One very practical way you can help our friendly staff in Donor Services (and perhaps a few trees) is to switch to online giving! Not only does it help relieve mounting pressure on mail carriers, but it keeps our staff from handling physical paper, therefore reducing their exposure to any potential harm associated with the coronavirus. Win win all around!
7. SWITCH TO ONLINE GIVING
8. FAITHFULLY CONTINUE SUPPORTING GOD'S WORKOur ministry, churches across Canada and other ministries like ours rely on you to keep the message going, and now more than ever, the people need to hear it! They need comfort, encouragement, hope and assurance — and these can only be found in Christ. If you’ve been supporting TWR Canada or the church, we encourage you to continue your giving, and thank you for all that you do to further the Great Commission. We could not do it without you!
DONATE NOW TO OUR COVID-19 "MESSAGES OF HOPE" FUND