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April 2020

     Last month as I was writing this update there were rumors and threats of a certain infamous virus making its way around. Isn’t it amazing how quickly things change? Now as I write, just a month later, we are currently under “stay at home” orders in North Carolina to slow the spread and keep everyone healthy. Accompanying this virus is much fear and uncertainty. I have seen many stores with empty shelves and low stock on food. I have seen reports of frantic people grabbing anything and everything they can. People are afraid.

      But, Christian, what an opportunity this is for us to demonstrate our trust in God! We need not be caught up in fear, but rather we should rely on the truth of God’s Word. One of the first passages that comes to mind is Matthew 6:25-34. In this passage, Christ instructs, “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?” (6:25).  He goes on to encourage us that the birds have shelter and food and the flowers of the field bloom without worry. Our heavenly Father knows our needs. Rather than ruminating with worry and fear, the focus of our lives, and even more so in a time like we are now facing, should be to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (6:34).

      This sin-stricken world has many times over faced pestilence, troubled times, and difficulties. Yet, there is no time that the Lord has not been in control, even when times are hard. If you know Jesus as Savior all of these promises and more are at your disposal. Do you have faith to believe them?

      Thank you for continuing to support and uphold your missionaries as this pandemic creeps across the world. What we are facing in the US is multiplied many times over in some foreign countries across the world. Please keep your missionaries before the throne of grace as they minister to those in their churches and surrounding communities. Pray that they demonstrate their trust in God in this time. 


Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6


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