From CMI’s Executive Director

A few short weeks ago I jetted from Texas to Idaho to Quito, Ecuador, in a matter of days.

But as I pen this note, communities the world over are paralyzed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. My travels in early March are impossible today.

No doubt you can point to a similar magnitude of disruption in your own life.

In light of these circumstances, I took an extended prayer walk a few days ago.

I strongly sensed the LORD calling CMI to be more prayerful during this season—for our church partners in Latin America, and for you. As I walked, the Lord brought to my mind the words of James 1:2-4:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

The days ahead will certainly be tests of faith. And yet, as James reminds us, we have a reason for hope. The tests we endure do not harm but strengthen and perfect.

That assurance helps us face whatever may come with confidence and joy! And at CMI, we are resting in that assurance.

What Is the Impact on Latin American Churches CMI Serves?

Our ministry partners in Latin America face the challenge of rapidly retooling their ministries to operate in completely new contexts.

Last week, we held a video conference with pastors of the Encounter with God churches in Quito, Ecuador. Like churches around the world, they were forced to suspend their normal Sunday worship services and gather online.

Currently, their pastoral staff and ministry teams are hard at work connecting personally with every church member.

In moments like these, the shepherding roles of these pastors are critical and demanding.

How We Can Pray Together

Please join me in lifting these pastors and their churches up in prayer.

Please pray, too, that God would use this time for a great spiritual harvest.

The COVID-19 virus has shattered many of the idols of our world – comfort, prosperity, security, freedom, entertainment….

As these false hopes are laid bare, many will have spiritual questions. There will likely be an openness to the gospel unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetime.

Evidence of that was seen last week as the Puembo Church in Quito hosted an online prayer gathering. Nearly 2,000 people participated!

Puembo—a church family of 600 people—witnessed to over 1400 guests. Isn’t that incredible?!?

Here For Each Other In The Power of Christ

Yes, there are many unknowns and uncertainties ahead. But we know our Good God is fully at work accomplishing good things. He brings order from chaos and life from death. For that, we can count all this joy!

In Christ,

Craig Murray
Executive Director •
Church Ministries International

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