NEW CHALLENGES NEW OPPORTUNITIES
A Message from Missions Pastor
Dear Partners in Missions,
We constantly thank God for you and your sacrificial and generous giving for missions even during these difficult times.
Our nation, and indeed the whole world, is facing challenges resulting from the Covid19 pandemic. We are having constantly to adapt to new ways of working, studying, interacting socially and to find effective ways to address pressing health and economic concerns which have devasted many lives.
Challenges however are also opportunities to experience the love, power and providence of God in new ways. One such opportunity is described in John 6:5-11.
He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” 8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” 10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.
- To the disciples, the challenge to feed 5,000 hungry people seemed an impossible one. The resources available were woefully inadequate – only five barley loaves and two fish.
- To Jesus, this challenge faced by the disciples was an opportunity to teach a valuable principle. Human wisdom and meagre resources may seem to be grossly insufficient to alleviate a pressing need but if we are willing to place whatever resources we do have in His hands, He will multiply the resources to meet the need.
In this time of challenges and personal needs, it is very human to think that we should “cut back” on giving towards missions, but be encouraged to know that if you give in faith to see the Gospel preached and souls saved from a godless eternity, He will ensure your needs are met, he has a miracle in mind for you.
Senior Pastor Guneratnam, the pastoral team and the missions committee are praying and believing God together with you that He will bless you to be a blessing, to those who need to have hope in Jesus.
God bless you and stay safe.