A Pastor's COVID-19 Lessons

People still engaging in the Word of God

April 20, 2020

A Project Philip Bible study in Tanzania.

Church leaders around the world are finding ways to share God’s Word despite this pandemic. Restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 haven’t squashed the hunger for the Gospel. Pastor John of Mara, Tanzania, is one of many working for the Lord in this new reality we’re living in.

He shares, “The grace of God has enormously helped us as a family, that we have had the heart to trust in God and to follow the government’s instructions to protect ourselves against this great threat. We have intensified our intercession for God's people throughout the world according to the Apostle Paul’s word. We are not afraid. We trust God to help us.”

The pandemic has had severe economic repercussions for Pastor John and his family. He says somberly, “The impact of COVID-19 on me and the family is the economic downturn, my children are not attending school, and the freedom of association with others has diminished. I continue to keep myself close to God, encouraging my family members and even the Church of God. In this season, I am learning that there are things beyond human ability and it’s very scary when we lack answers.”

Despite his fears, Pastor John is still engaging his family and others with the hope of God’s Word online. He says, “I have learned to stay ready all the time and to share the Good News with people to know Him in times of joy and misery. I reach out to others via the Internet and encourage them not to be afraid. I encourage them with 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and 2 Chronicles 7:13-15. Even in times of crisis like this, we can pray to God and He will help us. Psalm 91:1 tells us ‘You can go to God Most High to hide, you can go to God All-Powerful for protection’” (ERV).

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