RESPONDING IN FAITH TO AN INTERNATIONAL PANDEMIC
Much has changed around the world as we all face the challenge of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. YWAM Turner Valley is no exception. Much in our day-to-day operations has changed, even as we seek to understand how to respond in faith to this situation. Faith is exemplified by action (James 2:17), and our faith-actions lately have been focused upon responding in three ways: through obedience, care, and connection.
- An important part of faith is obedience – obedience to the Lord, and obedience as it honors local government and leaders (Romans 13:1).
- To honor our leaders and those around us, we have adjusted our daily operations so that we may interact at safe distances while still serving our community. This includes changes and additions to our cleaning schedule, many of us working from home, social distancing on campus, among other things.
- Our Ministry Team has also developed procedures for self-isolation and quarantine of staff to comply with government regulations
- We want to be obedient to continue in our programs and ministries where possible. As such, applications for upcoming schools are still open, and decisions will be made about each school’s viability as the dates for that school approach.
- Obedience in faith includes obedience to the call of all disciples: to seek the kingdom of God, which means seeking the good of others (Philippians 2:4) and seeking to continue to meet together (Hebrews 10:24-25) and encourage each other in faith. This leads to the next two areas of faith-action.
YWAM Turner Valley has sought to care for the health and well-being of others in our area in a variety of ways. This includes but is not limited to:
- The health & safety guidelines as mentioned above, which serve to protect not only our campus but many others at risk in our town and surrounding areas.
- A Frozen Meal or Two (AFMOT) is a long-standing ministry of YWAM Turner Valley devoted to supporting those in crisis situations by cooking and delivering healthy frozen meals. This ministry has expanded in recent weeks, reaching out even more to surrounding communities to provide meals, assistance getting groceries, and more.
- We continue to respond quickly to requests for help or assistance from individuals and other organizations within our community – from helping neighbors to coordinating with the local school, our staff seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ (in safe, healthy ways) during this time.
This piece of faith looks very different in this time, yet remains vital for everyone’s emotional health. YWAM Turner Valley continues to meet together, though in practically different ways:
- Staff on the campus practice social distancing during any meetings, with many joining through online platforms.
- We meet together virtually every week through newly-organized small groups to pray together.
- We continue to look for every opportunity to be voices of hope and encouragement to our neighbors, knowing that increased physical distancing does not have to mean relational distancing.
- We recognize that the circumstances of this pandemic are an enormous challenge, and also forcing our society to slow down in many ways. We as individuals and a staff are seeking to connect with the Lord, to hear His purposes for this time and also the years to follow. What might He want to work in our lives and ministry during these months? What might He want to do through us?
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:23-25
We pray that you also will find connection, hope and encouragement in the Lord and others in this time.