Emerging from the Coronavirus Pandemic

Many of us are still adjusting to the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our lives. Some did not expect the results of the immediate crisis to spill over into months or years of change. Yet this is the place in which we now find ourselves. While some countries are easing lockdown measures others are experiencing the peak of the disease. Around the world, people are grieving the loss of loved ones, the loss of freedom, the loss of the ability to provide for themselves and their families and much more. We realise that the effects of this pandemic will be long-lasting and far-reaching.

We praise God for his grace and provision in this season. We thank him for sustaining us, helping us, guiding us and comforting us as we have each experienced a different measure of challenge and emotions in this very complex and uncertain time. He is always worthy of praise, no matter what we face.

We recognise that prayer remains an important response to all that is happening in this world especially in this time of pandemic.

Please pray:

  • For leaders of Alliance organisations to be like the men of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32, understanding the signs of the times and knowing the best course to take.
  • That God continues to guard the health of the staff of Alliance organisations and give us all the strength to navigate this new season well.
  • For wisdom for all the leaders in the Bible translation movement.
  • For spiritual refreshment and vitality for all involved in the Bible translation movement.
  • That God will provide financially for each Alliance organisation and that the leaders will use that provision wisely.
  • For Stephen Coertze, the Executive Director, and his leadership team as they lead the Alliance through complex and changing times.

As many of us emerge from COVID-19 crisis management mode into a new phase we are faced with complex decisions, for both the short-term and the long-term. Leaders of Wycliffe Global Alliance organisations, their Boards of Directors and partner organisations are all now trying to discern what their emerging reality is. When they find a way to understand the limitations of each individual context, they then have to decide how their organisation, projects, staff and initiatives will continue to function.

Pray for wisdom for leaders across the organisations engaging in the Bible translation movement. Pray that they will understand how God is leading them to answer complex questions and resolve issues including the following:

  • Where should staff work in the next few months?
  • When should physical office spaces reopen?
  • When should staff who have returned home, go back to their countries of assignment?
  • Which initiatives or projects can be prioritised and which ones may need to remain closed either temporarily or permanently?
  • Which new methods of working can constructively be used to work more efficiently, effectively or economically in the future?
  • What are the new priorities?
  • How do leaders help members of staff navigate the ongoing changes they will face?
  • How can leaders best hear what is God saying to them in this emerging reality we are facing?

Let’s not grow weary in praying for one another. As we move into a new phase of this season, let us continue to support one another generously in prayer.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6: 9-10 NLT

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