Due to the Corona Virus situation, none of our Administration, Directors of Missionary Care or others are traveling. At the Service Center, we are taking turns working in the office in order to comply with the directive of our governor. The office is open from Tuesday through Thursday, but most are able to work from home as well. If you need anything, please send an email or leave a message and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.
Rob and Beth Worthington – Church Planters at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hamlin, NY
Proverbs 16:9 aptly states, A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
I mentioned in the last letter that in December the church laid out our plans for 2020. Was this a wise idea? I believe it was, because when plans are made, we have goals to shoot for. However, it seems that this year, the Lord has a different path for us all to walk, whether we want to or not! We must follow His leading.
Well, in listening to a mentor of mine, I had planned with our church to do a build up to Easter. I never had in the past, but I felt the ideas and reasons laid before me were sound. So, I shared with the church that I would propose a ticket for Easter Sunday, the approved the idea and really liked what I shared with them. Then Governor Quomo of NYS announced that all gatherings would be limited to 500 people to a group. No problem, we are only 30-ish with the possibility of doubling on Easter. I sent them to the printer, and after that Gov. Quomo stated that there could be no gathering above 50 people to a group. Well that could be a problem; however, we would proceed. Who knows what God would do? The printing was approved and submitted, and I should have them back this week. Then Gov. Quomo announced a 10-person sized group, then he closed everything down! Now I have 500 tickets to Easter Sunday coming this week, and the only thing we can do with them is convert them to Mother’s Day tickets hopefully! And I’m not even sure about that!
God knows why that happened. God also enabled us to hold a service on Facebook yesterday. That was the first time I have ever attempted anything like that before, and we did it on two FB accounts – Emmanuel Baptist’s account as well as my own! 94 contacts were made on Emmanuel’s site alone. We had Filipino friends join us as well as many from our supporting churches and pastors. We praise the Lord for His wisdom in this. We know this is no substitute for the actual fellowship received in church, but it was a positive in a very negative time!
Thank you all for your prayers and support as we minister in Hamlin, NY! I trust you all remain well and safe.
Pinch of SALT – Senior Adults Living Triumphantly, BCP Retirees
- Dee Hammond – Please keep Dee and her daughter, Sarah, in your prayers. Since Sarah is unable to visit Dee due to the current pandemic, it is very difficult for them both.