Greetings to you all in our wonderful Lord Jesus.

We are safe and well here in Tanzania. We’ve been working hard on getting the right flight back to the US, possibly this weekend. We will be in two week quarantine when we return so no visitors please.

We know things are very difficult for you all right now and of course we our praying for God’s leading and direction and thankful for His constant care and presence through this time.

I’ve been reading many wonderful messages from different Christian leaders including our own pastor Jeff who sent a great one this week.

Here are a few thoughts:

We do not need to fear. it’s time to live out the words we sing to the Lord on Sunday mornings. “In the eye of the storm You remain in control!” As believers in Jesus we will have opportunities to share our trust in the Lord with those around us as a witness. This is a great opportunity!

Many people are sharing wonderful verses from scripture. This is a time to be in the word of God as you will hear his comfort and care and wisdom and direction. I recommend time in the Psalms.

The church needs to be the body of Christ during this time in seeing how the Lord would help us care for one another and meet needs as He directs.

This is a time to go deeper in prayer. Pray not only for your own needs but for our world as we walk through this, for the poor and hurting, for nations most affected by this, and for opportunities for the gospel of Jesus.

Our first call is to love God and others. This is what ABC does so well as we let Christ live his life through us by his Holy Spirit. A theme the Lord gave our elders at the beginning of the year was “Unbound”. This is a time to let your light shine!

We miss you all very much! Pray for our safe return to you. Greet one another with a holy elbow bump!

In Jesus Hands,

Pastor John and Mary