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We started the year 2020 with our Annual Missions one-day retreat. Over 20 participants spent the day in prayer, waiting, and discerning what God, the Father of all missions, has to say to us. We worshipped and meditated on Psalm 23; what an appropriate passage to reflect on! Especially when COVID-19 hit us, He reminded us that “He makes me lie down in green pastures …. for His name’s sake”. Little did we know that after a few months, we began our “stay at home” lockdown.
Even though the pandemic affected many of our missionaries, the Kingdom of God is still advancing. In this report, I pray that you will be encouraged to see that during this pandemic, our field workers and supported ministry partners - by His grace and mercy - continue to serve in obedience.
Our overseas church plant in St. Petersburg, Russia moved to a new location in order to accommodate more people. Paul & Esther Zhao continue to minister to the students and their families, especially those who were trapped between China and Russia due to the travel bans.
In East Asia, we conducted licensing examinations for two local Christian leaders whom our field workers Mr. & Mrs. Joel Yang mentored. Please pray for these ministers as they faithfully shepherd their flock with the ongoing challenges they face in that country.
FECA member churches responded to the needs of the poor and vulnerable. We were able to support M & S, our field workers, to raise $18,000 to purchase basic PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to be distributed to the refugees in Northern Iraq. We were also able to raise $40,000 for our new supported ministry partner SFI (Serving Foundational International) to provide food distribution in the villages in India as well as Christmas gifts to be sent to the orphanages this December.
Aside from the “New Normal” of conducting ministry using online platforms & social apps to meet, we also spent time organizing, reorganizing, and identifying our priorities and foci.
As always, thank you for all your prayers and support!