1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. (Psalm 117 NIV)
Thanks be to God for leading our church, brothers and sisters through an extraordinary year of 2020! I am not trying to overlook what had happened nor being ignorant. I am fully aware of what we have been through this year. But I urge you to read on.
Everyone feels that we have lost something or someone this year. Some people lost their loved ones due to COVID-19 and could not be with them when they were dying. Some people could not travel to our hometown to attend the funeral and say goodbye. That makes us full of guilt or regret.
For some other people, we face the difficulty of losing jobs and financial pressure. We worried that we couldn't find a new job quickly. For those having health issues, we had to wait for a long time to see family doctors.
Though many were afraid of being exposed to the Covid-19 in public settings, other brothers and sisters felt unspeakable loneliness because they can't fellowship and worship God together in person.
However, we can still count the blessings from our Lord, fix our eyes on God's forever love and faithfulness. The lockdown provides an opportunity to focus on God's Kingdom and Power so that we can see beyond our circumstances. We can see God’s blessings and guidance, even in adversity.
The Kingdom of God continues to expand globally during this pandemic. The number of believers has greatly increased as many evangelical meetings or rallies happened via the internet. While brothers and sisters were forced to be at home, we were able to watch many online seminars and other biblical teachings. Our adult and children Sunday School attendants have increased in the past few months. In addition, many seniors learned to use electronic devices to worship and fellowship online. They are awesome!
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we carried out many caring ministries for our community. Brothers and sisters initiated some, and some by the church. In these projects, we helped some families who have lost their jobs by purchasing groceries for them; We sew masks and hats for medical staff; We picked people up from the airport. There are many other acts of loving within our church that we can't name them all. Our Lord knows what we have done. Those friends and strangers we helped in the past will definitely see the love of Christ through us!
Praise be to God! May all the glory and honor unto His Name!