Jonathan Giandalone, serving the students and faculty of Indian River State College with Intervaristy Christian Fellowship: IRSC has been closed and have classes have moved online. Now, Intervarsity has been in many transitions as well to do things mostly online. We are familiar with social media and many apps to use to stay connected during these times. We have a weekly Bible study small group now going with a zoom app from the leaders in Stuart. Also, we are starting another one this week. In conclusion, this semester there has been a lot of transitions, weekly meetings, and a whole lot of communications with students, leadership, volunteers, and churches. God is truly helping us to navigate through these times and to stay connected in fellowship and to continue focusing on the Lord, His Word, and the gospel of the kingdom. On a personal note, at the end of march, Jonathan got married!
- Pray for the students to lean on Jesus with all the ongoing circumstances, to grow with Him and to finish up the semester well.
- Pray for us for grace and wisdom to still be in fellowship (partnership, companionship, and participation) with Jesus and each other, as we do some things more with online resources.
- Pray for the staff as we decide on what to do for the focus week conference or have something different this year.-Pray for Henrina and I, for God to help us with all the logistics for our new marriage, immigration, and transition... We do have some temporary places to stay which we are very grateful for, but are also asking the Lord to provide a more long-term place for us. Please join us in prayer.
Cheryl Crocker, Mission to the World, Medical Missions
- Pray for me, that the Lord would guard my heart. I am a super social person, and also thrive on going and doing. Obviously there is very little of that going on right now. All my trips both out of country and in country have been canceled through May. There is still plenty to do here - I could maybe clean out my office (that's only been a need for about 2 years!)
- Pray for the Philippines, please pray for those who are so poor and have no means to take care of themselves if sick. I have friends (Dominga Sia) who have had TB several times and lives in a squatters village in a tiny house with no screens or ways to close a very big window, and there are thousands that live in this squatters village.
- Pray for Pastor Marlon and the church (Lighthouse) as they continue to do huge ministry both for those who have been affected by the volcano and now those who are impacted by the lockdown from the Coronavirus. Please pray for his safety and his health, the health of the others who are helping with ministry, and their families.
Pastor Ronnie Perry, New Song Church
Thanks for checking in and for your support and prayers. We have been gathering via the internet through zoom during the quarantine. Now that that school has been canceled indefinitely, our lease with the Palm Beach School District and Northboro Elementary is legally null and void. This means that when the quarantine is over, we may have to find a new worship space on Sunday mornings. However, people have been checking in and serving one another in terms of sharing supplies, store runs, etc. Here are some prayer requests:
- Pray that things work out in terms of worship space. The school may not be open to lease until the 2020-2021 academic year. Pray that the school allows access when the quarantine is over or that we are able to find new worship space quickly.
- We have 4 families whose family income comes primarily from small businesses that they own. The quarantine has hurt their businesses and finances.
- We are in a low income area and while everyone in our circle has places to stay for April. If this continues, some could not be able to pay their rent/mortgage for May or June.
- Pray for our college students (mostly from Palm Beach Atlantic University), who had to return to their hometowns and some are trying to figure out class situation, finances, rent (for those who live off campus) and a few won't be able to graduate. Keep them in prayer concerning finishing the semester online, living expenses, etc.
- My father (Ronnie Sr.) had to be hospitalized and we were afraid he had Coronavirus, thankfully he did not. But he was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and walking pnemonia. We were not able to visit him but he just went home and will have to have another surgery in a month or two. Keep him in your prayers.
- Pray for safety in our area with so many kids being out of school. There has been a significant rise in car thefts in our community of mostly teenagers stealing cars, since school ended.
New Geneva Seminary in Egypt, Dominic Aquila
Here is an update on New Geneva Seminary's teaching ministry in Egypt. There were four instructors who had made reservations and prepared their lectures to teach in our classes in March. When we began making our plans the Coronavirus was just beginning in China; then it showed up in Italy. At that point we really began to pay attention. We were scheduled to fly through Rome on the way to Cairo; our airline contacted us and suggested that we change our itinerary to fly through Paris, which we did. Now we were paying attention to continuing spread of the virus and it was becoming obvious that our plans were going to be interrupted and decided on March 11 to cancel our trip--not so much in fear of the virus but more that we would probably get stranded in Egypt. Indeed, that evening the president suspended regular flights from Europe. As it turned out, the Egyptian government began urging the people to begin sheltering at home, and the conference ground we use in Alexandria canceled all programs. I have remained in regular contact with our administrators in Egypt as well as some of the students. They have told us how the Lord is opening doors of ministry that they are taking advantage of regularly.
We are scheduled to be have classes in October; the instructors are lined up and the courses announced. I will also be giving two lectures at the annual Reformation Conference sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of Egypt. This year's theme is Sola Fedi, salvation by faith alone. Past conferences have been well attended, usually with 200-300 people.
Thank you for your financial and prayer support. Please continue to pray for the ministry of the Egyptian churches.
Serge Missionaries, Ross and Aislinn Meyer, continue to reach out to the Muslim community in London with the goal of planting a church. Their recent strategy of online outreach came just in time for the pandemic lockdown, and they have rejoiced to see it bear fruit. Praise God that they have continued to find ways to bring the gospel to lost people! The Meyers have also sent out a list of prayer requests and have asked if we may pray alongside them:
- For continued efforts in online outreach and wisdom on how best to move forward with it as a team while balancing it with other responsibilities.
- For good communication and unity among our team here while we communicate only from a distance.
- For us to love each other and our kids well in the midst of lockdown.
- For friends in South Asia who are suffering in much more significant ways than we are because of the virus and its economic impacts.
- For us to be able to continue growing and maintaining relationships with friends and neighbours in the midst of restrictions.
- For us to be persistent in prayer for our friends and community while we can't meet with them in person.
- For the Spirit to be at work during Ramadan, creating discomfort and pushing Muslims towards the truth.