Be Impacted by God and Not the Crisis
Dearest Members and Friends,
Everything has changed…Life, work, school...and even how we do Church and ministry has changed over the past weeks. The past month has been extraordinary for us all, especially those largely confined to home. As church, it has been a difficult road with short runways as tighter measures of restrictions kick in. We have to stop religious gathering at short notice and even closure of work premises. Singapore’s circuit breaker certainly has a memorable impact on me, in the way I now have to work and do ministry. We continue to keep in touch virtually and through other channels. Fortunately the message or gospel has not change, although the methods we employ have.
Social distancing will not keep us away from God. We attend On-Line Worship Services and give through PayNow channels. We fellowship through exchange of messages and calls with the telephone or internet. We have use Zoom as a tool in conducting monthly prayer meetings, weekly staff meetings and even had Board meeting on Wednesday night. The Chinese congregation not only have services via Zoom conferencing, but linger on afterwards, for exchanges and engagement. Children attend Zoom classes. Members, friends and prisoners watch our broadcast. We are reaching more people now than ever before, here and overseas, including over a hundred prisoners.
The staff had also been busy working from home. They give me a weekly report of their activities. We meet virtually with Zoom weekly. We pray together. We encourage one another, fellowship and discuss church matters. I look for the things we need to do and needs of members. I try to plan ahead the steps we need to take and communicate it clearly to the pastors and staff. We try our best to maintain efficiency but it not easy. Communication is not the same. There are many things we had learned and there will be more effort to learn to deal with fresh issues and new challenges from time to time.
Of course, this is still a far cry from our normal scale of connecting people and places, and we can’t wait to get back to ministry in a bigger way. I miss you. With signs of progress in the fight against Covid-19, and of some economies opening up, we are hoping to see relaxation of many restrictions
Many of us are feeling the impact on our lives from the coronavirus pandemic. No government in the world can rapidly help each and every person with social and even mental health issues, due to isolation, loneliness, depression, separation anxiety from family and friends, economic misery, threats to jobs and livelihood and other pressures. We try to help.
May I encourage you with these words from Philippians 4:6 :
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
We want to learn more about how the coronavirus crisis is impacting you and your family and how you see this pandemic. If there is anything we can help, please let us know. We will continue to pray for you and family. Hope you are strong and healthy, mentally and emotionally positive and happy, despite of all that is happening in the world right now.
In His faithful Service,
Pastor David Lee, Staff, Board and Members