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Creating community at a distance

CMS missionary Amy Stephens, working in Argentina, writing in September 2020 reflected on how Coronavirus has impacted university ministry in Cordoba. 

Normally at this time of the year, the city would be bustling with university students; sadly, due to the virus, that is not happening, and we are in quarantine. Here, in this province, we have around 300-400 new cases each day. Many people, including myself, are feeling lonely and alone. In a virtual discipleship workshop, the speaker asked us ‘who’s felt alone this week?’ and all the hands went up. We were challenged to think that, if we are all feeling the same, why aren’t we connecting more? It should push us to create relationships, instead of filling the void with everything except them. The temptation when feeling lonely is to ask, ‘why aren’t other people reaching out to me?’ The opportunity and challenge for us is to see if we can create a little community of lonely people instead. 

Difficulty produces opportunity 

This time is difficult, but it is also a chance to develop our intimacy with God, because we are never alone if we have him in our lives. I don’t mean that as a throw-away line given as a band-aid to those who are feeling lonely. I mean it sincerely and deeply: how do we LIVE the fact that God is always with us? How do we find comfort in knowing he is always there?  

Comfort from God’s presence 

This week as I met with Anabelon Zoom to read Romans, she said, What a privilege it is to be able to close my eyes when I am on the street or wherever I am and talk to God. Its the most valuable thing we have. Its a door that he has opened for us and we should be thankful to have a God like that. Reading this chapter (Romans 3) teaches me that we as sinners are unable to determine whether a situation or act is just or unjust, but Dios es demasiado justo con nosotros (God is too fair to us). Its an enormous privilege to be justified by the blood of Jesus. 

Comfort from God’s presence 

This week as I met with Anabelon Zoom to read Romans, she said, What a privilege it is to be able to close my eyes when I am on the street or wherever I am and talk to God. Its the most valuable thing we have. Its a door that he has opened for us and we should be thankful to have a God like that. Reading this chapter (Romans 3) teaches me that we as sinners are unable to determine whether a situation or act is just or unjust, but Dios es demasiado justo con nosotros (God is too fair to us). Its an enormous privilege to be justified by the blood of Jesus. 

CARE 

During this ongoing crisis, take some time to write an email, message or letter to a CMS missionary,reminding them of God’s presence and control. 


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