The world has been turned side-ways with the response to the COVID-19. Our hearts hurt for those who have lost love ones, suffered the sickness, forced out of work, lost money, or at the very least been inconvenienced. Everyone has been affected.
There seems to be a lot of misinformation and contradiction from many different sources. I am not an expert in epidemiology to straighten out the mess but just want to caution you. When you read or hear things on the internet or television, do not believe everything you hear or read. The information runs from one extreme of “This is all about a conspiracy to rule the world” to the other extreme of “We all are going to die if we dare to crawl out of our hole until a vaccine is found.” Balance is important. Here is my so called, balanced approach: Don’t be ruled by fear but don’t be stupid either.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
Prayer and faith in the one true God, will give us power, love, and a sound mind. I believe in the power of God and I believe in the effectiveness of prayer. Every week, I try to pray by name, for the people in my circle of influence. I begin by praying for my family every day. The circle of my prayer broadens during the week as I pray for my church family, ministry partners, and a host of people who are sick, need Jesus, or have difficulties. Some of you who read this, have been the subjects of my prayers. Prayer is the best thing we can do for each other.
I recently shared in a Bible Study about the Apostle Paul’s letter to his fellow believers in Thessalonica, where he wrote of his prayers for them, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers” (1 Thessalonians 1:2 NKJV).
We are thankful that our supporters who have continued to give and to supply the needs of Pathway Outreach Ministries around the world. Our partners in other lands have suffered and many are in difficult lock-downs and desperate financial situations than we have experienced in the United States. Thank you for helping us help others.
India and Pakistan are locked down severely. In India, they only have a few hours per day where one family member can go out to buy supplies. In both countries, the poorest who work in menial labor jobs and agriculture are unable to work. So the support we send them is a blessing but they could use more.
The government of Haiti has recommended social distancing to counter the virus. Pastor Baptiste has ministered to smaller church groups. Our school has limited attendance to just the older students who are preparing for end of the year exams. The money we send for the school feeding program has been used to purchase food items and distributed to the families of the students. This is a big help to the families.
The people of Cuba are also limited by social distancing and orders not to assemble. The pastor ministers as he can. In the city where we are connected, there are no reported cases yet their activities are restricted.
Travel around the world has been curtailed or stopped altogether. We have hope to resume some mission trips in the Fall. Our mode of missions by coming alongside our brethren in other lands has been a blessing as they have been able to continue ministry at some level depending on their restrictions.
Thank you so much for helping us help others. If you desire to support our ministry efforts, you may donate online via our website listed below or mail a contribution to the address given below.
Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt
Mailing Address: Pathway Outreach Ministries, P. O. Box 296, Boaz, AL 35957