The work of sharing Christ or caring for those in need can’t just stop, so how do Christians do it in a way that avoids breaking lockdown laws?
With one third of the global population under some kind of COVID-19-related lockdown, Bill Passons says AMG International wrestles with that very question. “[It is] much like [what] we’re experiencing in the States, where governments are recommending . . . there be no meetings or no gatherings of more than just a few people. . . So in places where everybody’s quarantined to their house, and they’re not allowed to leave, it’s put a halt to our child development programs. It’s put a hindrance on our gatherings for worship in our church plants.”
Passons says the situation constantly changes as more and more countries impose different restrictions. “We still have to see how we can meet the needs of the people that God has called us to serve. And so, we’re trying to figure out strategies to do that in this new environment.”
The challenge in Greece
For instance, AMG works with refugees in Greece. Normally AMG helps these people get on their feet, learn the language, and settle in their new lives. For these marginalized people, government restrictions can be dangerous.
Passons says, “When you live in an environment where you operate day to day, making money for that day or the next day to survive, and then you’re not allowed to do that or you there’s no opportunity to do that anymore, that has huge, dire consequences.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that AMG International leadership will have wisdom to help people and still follow government restrictions.
- Consider supporting AMG to help people suffering financially during the pandemic.
- Pray for Christians around the world unable to support themselves due to the lockdowns.