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COVID-19 Update from CMS Australia

“God is our help and strength, an ever present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). The psalmist was facing a crisis very different from that which we are facing today, but the same assurance stands. Our God is our refuge and we must look confidently to him in times of trouble.

In verse 10 of the same Psalm we read these words: “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Even as the world closes its borders, God’s mission cannot be locked down, or restricted. More than ever the world needs to hear the good news that Christ has risen and has overcome the world. We are committed as ever to see a world that knows Jesus

The spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 is having a continuing global effect, as most governments worldwide have closed borders and moved into lock down arrangements to limit its further spread.

This has significant implications for our missionaries. We have been in regular contact with them all and can report that all are well and coping with the current restrictions. We are working with them to ensure that they are managing risk appropriately and have good pastoral care strategies in place.

The vast majority of our missionaries on location will remain where they are and follow their government directions. For most this means lock down for the time being. But their mission work continues as they find new ways to communicate with others, to disciple, to teach and to share the gospel. Over the coming months we will hear many unexpected stories of how God has used them for his glory. Please pray that under these trying circumstances they will continue to preach the gospel, love their neighbours and be a witness to the goodness of God. When much of the world is gripped in fear, we have the opportunity to be a witness to the hope and confidence we have in Christ and our God who drives out all fear.

Some missionaries have reluctantly taken the opportunity to return to Australia because of particular medical and family concerns. Some others have opted to bring forward their home assignment aware that travel restrictions may have prevented them returning when they had planned.

Our missionaries currently on Home Assignment will remain in Australia for the foreseeable future. Of course, Home Assignment will look very different for them as churches operate on-line.

Please be in prayer for our missionaries and for CMS. Whilst mission will look different for a while, together we continue to work towards the same goal to share Christ with this around the world, so that name of Christ will be exalted.