I hope you are feeling encouraged amid our odd year, Bible Givers. I have been home now with only occasional trips out for over 4 months now, and I think the CoronaVirus pandemic is going to be with for quite a while. But I don’t despair, rather, I am challenged to figure out better ways to connect with people and introduce folks to God - despite my disability. I know the separation has been very hard on some. Some of you have suffered accident, injury, and illness, and the fabric of everyone’s life has been disrupted. It is hard for people to even show up and support each other. Strange circumstances, and yet, here we are.
A few days back, I was reading Job, and it provides a healthy prospective for all of us in 1:21: ”The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” ESV This, from someone who lost far more than any of us have during the pandemic. We have been blessed with so much that the loss of normal society is deeply felt. We still have so much.
The IBG Board will meet next week for the first time in months, using a meeting platform called Zoom which will allow everyone to join the meeting from the comfort and safety of their own home. Not as good as meeting together, but it is what we can do right now. We are also starting to explore ways we might be able to hold a Ministry Meeting in the coming months. Nothing firm yet, but it would be so great to see all of you again.
We find ourselves with a challenging problem – how to give away more Bibles during the pandemic. Quite honestly, we need your help in this. God is finding ways to provide the resources we need, but with so many ministries not able to meet, we are seeing fewer requests for Bibles. You might have noticed a strong financial report. IBG received a large estate gift from an IBG member who passed last year. This provision has placed us suddenly ahead of our income goals for the year. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.
So God provided the resource, and took away some of our courier flow. Who do you know who could use a Bible? So many people have the time right now to crack it open. It’s also a great time for you to start mentoring someone in God’s Word. Our focus is so much on loss, and yet God has provided a great opportunity. If you know a ministry that needs Bibles, now is a great time to ask!
Give Hope. Give Life. Give Bibles!