Updated July 24, 2020
RESPONDING IN FAITH TO AN INTERNATIONAL PANDEMIC
Much has changed around the world as we have all faced the challenge of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. YWAM Turner Valley is no exception. Our day-to-day operations have had to adjust, as we seek to respond responsibly in faith. 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 renewal.
- 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, our process of cooking and serving food, and how we operate in communal spaces.
- To comply with government regulations, our Ministry Team has also enacted procedures for self-isolation and quarantine of staff or students arriving from abroad or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- 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 regulations 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. AFMOT’s services were particularly requested during the first few months of the pandemic, and it continues to reach out 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. We know that increased physical distancing does not have to mean relational distancing.
We recognize that the circumstances of this pandemic are a definite challenge, and have also forced our society to slow down in many ways. Turner Valley is no exception, and the pandemic has limited our ministry options. Limitation inspires creativity, and this has been a time of reflection and renewal, as we seek to live out our mission statement in a different way than usual.
- Our Mountain Venture Discipleship Training School (MVDTS) is fully running, with special consideration given to following COVID-19 regulations at all times. The outreach phase will now be limited to Canada, and we are looking forward to building or strengthening relationships with ministries in our own beautiful country.
- The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is set to start as normal in September. International students will be required to quarantine for their first two weeks, and social distancing will be practiced in the classroom and other communal times.
- We as individuals and a community are actively 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?
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
We pray that you also will find connection, hope and encouragement in the Lord and others in this time.