I feel like Peter when he climbed out of the boat to walk on the water to Jesus (Matthew 14:22-22). When he took his eyes off Jesus and was buffeted by the wind and waves, he started to sink. When I am buffeted by today’s challenges, I can start sinking into fear and hopelessness. But when I call out to Jesus and he takes my hand, I am reminded of his steadfast love and faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3-8).
As we draw close to Easter, may we be reminded of Paul’s words in Romans 8:31-39, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Robin and I pray that when you start to feel fear and hopelessness, that you call out to God, spend time with him, and let his love, joy and peace fill your heart and soul.
Now that we’re all “social distancing”, our Cru missionaries are getting more creative at how they continue to make disciples and share Jesus’ love. Our college ministries are having online Bible studies and discipleship groups (see photo). Our ministries that reach out to neighbors are hosting online groups and doing things like leaving treats on porches with offers to pray or help with errands.
Cru has had a robust digital (online) ministry for quite a while, but the COVID-19 outbreak has made it even more important. Digital ministry allows access to people who may not normally be reachable. Right now, that’s most of us! Want some tips on how you can do digital ministry? Please visit cru.org/us/en/digitalministry.html.
Although it’s easier said than done, Robin and I continue to trust in the Lord. We are grateful to have you partnering with us as we continue to work (from home) to reach a world that needs the hope that Jesus offers. We are praying for you. Please call, text, email, or reach out via Facebook if you have specific prayer requests.
Yours in Christ,
Steve & Robin