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Many CMS supporters who read this will have experienced Coronavirus lockdown and restriction. Here CMS workers M and C, serving in Jordan, ask for prayers as they share their lockdown experience.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2  

Those verses have often been in our heart as we, and many others, deal with the present Coronavirus crisis. 

COVID-19 cases have continued to rise here in Jordan so remote learning for all schools has now been extended indefinitely. This means that, apart from a brief time of face-to-face learning at the beginning of the year and for 2½ weeks in September, school in 2020 has been almost exclusively online.  

Living under lockdown 

There are limits to daily living as well. Masks are required in public. Gatherings are limited, and we are completely locked down for 48 hours each weekend for the foreseeable future, so church continues online as well. 

We are feeling very discouraged by this decision, especially as we feel sceptical that these measures will control the outbreak on their own and so we see no prospect of things changing any time soon. We would value your prayers for perseverance through these challenges. 

We are still allowed small gatherings, so some Bible studies are continuing to meet but most have a mixture of in person and online attendance. Youth group is also meeting, but with two small groups in separate locations connecting via Zoom at various points. We are glad for these opportunities and ask for your prayers that we continue to make the most of them while we can. 

It would also be great to pray for those who are new to the church and have had very few opportunities to connect with the church community in person. We are asking God to help us as a church to work out how to welcome and care for them well. 

Persevering despite disconnection 

As a family we are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the uncertainties. We all feel fatigued by online meetings and discouraged by feeling disconnected from people.  

Our energy levels are low, even though we are conscious that we are still only at the beginning of the school year. But we continue to cling to God’s promises, knowing that he is our refuge and our strength in this particular time of trouble. 

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You may know CMS missionaries in a similar situation, fatigued by spending too much time online yet needing to continue to do so. Could you send them a card or a letter, an email or a text?