Missionary Work is Still Going Strong Despite Disruptions from Coronavirus

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Earlier this year, when shutdowns over the coronavirus were fairly recent, experts on mission work came together for a podcast to discuss the possible impact of COVID-19 on their efforts.

Hosted by ABWE International in late April, the Missions Podcast episode examined how mission work was going to be impacted, possibly for the long term, by the pandemic.

Experts on the podcast expressed varied concerns over issues like the future of short-term missions and how well funding for organizations will be sustained.

Several months later, representatives of multiple missionary organizations and one megachurch that oversees many missions abroad, have experiences to report about how the pandemic is affecting them.

The Christian Post talked with multiple missions groups about issues including how they are weathering the pandemic and the future possibilities for mission work abroad.

‘God has blessed us tremendously’

Despite a time known for economic downturn and financial uncertainty, multiple mission groups reported having financial stability and even seeing some increases in giving.

ABWE International, a missionary group previously known as the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, has seen a surprisingly high amount of support during the pandemic.

Alex Kocman, director of advancement and communications at ABWE International who was part of the April podcast, told CP that “this year is set to be one of ABWE’s strongest financial years to date.”

“Once again, we are elated by God’s faithfulness,” said Kocman. “Some missionaries saw a decrease in monthly support, but this has not resulted in personnel being pulled from the field.”

“Simultaneously, those raising support have found it easier to build their support teams through Zoom meetings with church leaders, friends, and other supporters.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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