We are all experiencing a lot of change with the COVID-19 crisis sweeping across the world. Last week we were pleased to be able to get Aliyah safely back from Oregon a week before her trip to the USA was scheduled to end. She was visiting two universities and was glad to get a brief visit to Corban University where she was able to see Hannah. Sadly her trip to Chicago and Moody Bible Institute was not possible. It was very disappointing for her but she’s had a great attitude about it all. Hannah is still in Oregon, preparing to do her last four weeks of classes online. At the moment, her campus is still open which means she can continue her paid job, but this might all change. Of course, her planned return to the UK in early May is completely up in the air at this point.
As I write this we as a nation (and as a family) are officially “social distancing” but expecting freedoms to be tightened more, even today. Yesterday our church was totally online, which made for a very busy day behind the scenes, but so worthwhile as we are already missing the in-person connection and community that church is for us.
With lots of non-Trinity Chippenham meetings cancelled for me, I have decided to offer some brief, no-frills, Bible reading highlights on Youtube. I started with Pursuing God “Alone” Together last week. As with all content on Youtube, you can subscribe, like, share with others, etc. I hope these little videos will be helpful.
These are really uncertain days for everyone. Our hearts go out to places like Italy and Spain, where the situation seems so overwhelming. At the same time there is an eerie sense of anticipation that we will be facing the same kind of situation soon here. Our prayer is that God’s people would be beacons of practical love and help, as well as sharing hope for this life and beyond it to a world that is suddenly shaken so deeply. Please pray for us here in Chippenham, and let us know how we can be praying for you in your situation too. We will share a more family-oriented update soon as well as some tips for those now thrust into homeschooling.