I hope you and your family are doing well. It’s hard to believe how much life has changed in a few short weeks. You are likely adjusting to some sort of “new normal.” You may be juggling work, kids, and other responsibilities while staying at home. I know it’s not easy.
No one would deny the many challenges and fears presented by COVID-19. Yet there is some comfort in knowing that we are not alone in the struggle. People all around the world are also walking through these confusing times. The Lord is working in and through these difficult days.
Like you, many Christian professors throughout the world are adjusting to “new normals.”
Professors in countries like Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, and Lithuania are learning online instruction. In some places, technology issues make this challenging. But they are also thankful for the opportunities technology offers. They can connect with students, friends, and family.
Some professors, like Global Scholars’ Debbie Baker, serving in Haiti, had to come back to the US. Through a miraculous series of events, Debbie was able to get a flight out after the borders closed. In a future PROFile, I will tell you Debbie’s story in full.
And many, like you and me, are struggling with the unknown and changes to daily life.
A longtime professor serving in Prague summed up our scholars’ concerns well. “For our own personal future, there’s also uncertainty,” he said. “We are supported by churches who will likely suffer financial loss and individuals who may lose jobs. For all these things, we’ve found we’ve been forced to trust in God, the only one who is in control of this whole crazy situation.”
The scriptures remind us that you and I can trust God in good and bad times. A few verses that encourage me – and I hope will inspire you- are Lamentations 3: 20-23:
“I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never end. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin each morning anew.”
We are praying for your family during this difficult time. We ask that you will experience the faithfulness of the Lord each day. Will you also pray with us?
- Pray for wisdom for some of our professors. Their universities have asked them to serve on decision-making committees about responding to COVID-19.
- Pray that technology will operate well for professors. They need to connect with students, friends, and family.
- Pray for new opportunities to share the hope of Christ amid uncertainty.
- Pray for believers to come together – even as physical distance separates us.