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Life Interrupted
Rod Boyd

We’re doing fine here in Panama! Just like many of you, we’re officially on homestay. Panama is following very similar protocols to the US and other countries: social distancing with no gatherings (church, etc.), schools closed, work at home, very light traffic, only essential services and businesses open, international travel suspended. Also, Panama implemented a 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew last week. Today, the new curfew hours are extended, from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM. The government announced it would be implementing a schedule to leave home for one hour each day based upon the last number of the person’s national ID card.

COVID-19 has literally turned our world upside down! It kind of feels like someone hit the pause button on life. What’s more, life’s normal is being redefined almost daily. On my desk sits a small decorative block of wood with a plaque that reads God Never Panics. It constantly reminds me that He is in control and encourages me to yield every care and concern to Him. The Lord has also brought to mind Scriptures that console and carry us.

And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.” Ephesian 1:10, NLT

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9, NLT

For the believer, life is all about finding balance between making our plans and trusting God's plan. In our heart, we know that His plans trump our own. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He loves us more than anyone else does. Even so, we are frustrated when things don’t go as planned. And now, when life itself is interrupted, we must learn to turn from fear and despondency to faith and dependence on the God who has everything under control. Let’s allow the Lord go deep into our soul and use these hard times to strengthen our faith, refine our character and reshape our ministry.

We’re not able to share too many ministry reports. All planned activities and events have been cancelled or postponed. However, we can share some of our favorite photos of some of the people we serve, who have touched our lives. We can say thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support. And we can share this prayer with you.

Father, we thank you for your protection from the COVID-19 virus. We ask you to continue to protect us, our family and friends. Protect the children and youth who are at home instead of in class in one of our Good Shepherd Schools in Panama. Protect our teachers and leaders, our pastors and congregations. Help us to trust in your big plan that ultimately brings everything together under the authority of Christ. Help us to not be paralyzed by fear or a lack of understanding, but instead to trust you and to recognize that you use crisis to open our hearts to new things. Help us to see these new opportunities and to stand ready to minister as you lead. You are our Rock and our Fortress. We rest in your love.

2020-03 Life Interrupted

2020-03 Life Interrupted

2020-03 Life Interrupted

2020-03 Life Interrupted

2020-03 Life Interrupted