Billions of people worldwide are affected by the social, economic and medical impact of the coronavirus. Whoever would have guessed life could actually stand still? Essential businesses stay open; all others closed. Quarantine, stay-at-home, wear a face mask, all new normals for us.
Your financial and prayerful support allow us to assist partner ministries and this is a time for a LIFELINE. Usually we provide financial assistance for designated projects for our Partner Ministries. However at a time like this we have sent money undesignated for their use to help in the areas most needy.
We need your help . . . . for them ! ! !
This pandemic is far from over. Reports indicate they have used the LIFELINE for food for pastors families, children and of course medical supplies.
WHERE? Countries helped so far include Nepal, Indonesia, Liberia and a restricted access country.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN GIVE
WE HAVE HOPE
The Bible references HOPE as well.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Why are you in despair, O my soul, and why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him for the help of His presence.” Psalm 42:11
Nice to know that God cares for us so much that he even has plans for us. Plans about our future. Plans for good and not for evil; all resulting in our having HOPE.
“ . . . . we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
During these days and weeks and months of social distancing due to the global coronavirus pandemic we need a dose of HOPE, a strong dose of HOPE.
Embrace HOPE to help us enjoy PEACE. It is good to be at PEACE even when we have say-at-home and wear a face mask requirements when we do go out. Jesus spoke to his disciples at one of the most stressful times of their lives. They had faithfully followed Him for three years and He is bidding them farewell.
“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.” John 16:33
Take heart knowing we are experiencing a stressful time and we can enjoy peace even during tribulation knowing that God provided a way for us to endure all things by providing His Son Jesus to bear the guilt of our sinful nature.
St. Patricks Day
Do you ever wonder about the history of some of the holidays we celebrate. I certainly do. And now with GOOGLE it is easy, and quick to get the information we seek. The 0.65 second search for "St. Patrick's Day history", provided me with “About 92,900,000 results”. I chose ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA and here goes:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Communication with your team
John W. Gardner observed, “If I had to name a single all-purpose instrument of leadership, it would be communication.” If you cannot communicate, you will not lead others effectively.
If you lead your team, give yourself three standards to live by as you communicate to your people.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
An important component of communications is listening. The book of Proverbs is attested to the wisest man, King Solomon. Chapter five of that book reads, “My son, give attention to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding; that you may observe discretion, and your lips may reserve knowledge.”
Encourage your team:
Mid January 2020 already
During 2019 I enjoyed reading a daily Leadership commentary by John C. Maxwell and perhaps it influenced me to write the October and November BLOGS in this series.
His October 31st topic is great for us as we implement the plans, the goals we have set for this year 2020.
From The Maxwell Leadership Bible
THE DANGER DANGER OF TOO MANY PURSUITS
Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them.
I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure.
For my heart rejoiced in all y labor;
And this was my reward from all my labor.
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had
Done and on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was vanity and grasping
For the wind. There was no profit under the sun.
We can learn from Solomon’s costly mistakes. The king of Israel fervently pursued several unrelated goals in a vain attempt to satisfy himself. And by the time Solomon wrote these words, he had reached a high level of success-but still felt empty. The axiom remains true: If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
How about you? Do you have a way of deterring your focus, based on what really matters or what really counts? Consider the following checklist as you make decisions about where to invest your time and energy. When faced with a decision, ask yourself:
How about you?
Did you enjoy 2019? Did you plan to do better this year? Do better in your relationships with your family, co workers, neighbors, etc?
Take another peek at the setting of PRIORITIES above. Ask yourself these questions to help guide you to enjoy an incredible year.
February cometh so finish STRONG.
This is the insert we sent with our Christmas cards this year
It reveals the simple truth about Christmas and why it still rings true to us even thousands of years after the birth and ministry years of Jesus.
David M. Kealy
1 Timothy 1:12 is a life verse that led to our creating Reaching People far from God