Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,
We have just finished Resurrection Weekend where we remembered the most profound 3 days in all of history! After Jesus rose from the dead, His disciples were puzzled and asked, “Now What?”
We are experiencing very troubling times just as they were, and we are also asking “Now What?” What will our future hold?
The Bible declares in Acts 1:3-5,8-9, and 11; “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’… ‘you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.’… ‘This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’”
I have often thought that this seemed to be a strange time to talk to His disciples about reaching the whole world! They were so discouraged! Jesus said go be My witnesses! There must be some wisdom in that for them and for us. People are always open to seek God in a time of uncertainty.
For example: Our Church has online services each week. Usually about 1,200 people watch but last week over 7,000 people watched! Encourage your family and friends to view services online. Talk to them about Jesus. Share a message of hope. Meet a need if you can. People are open! With the Corona Virus our staff are not able to do training in large groups right now, but we keep in touch with our National DCI Staff Leaders on-line. Training plans were in place, but they are on hold as the world is on hold.
Our Partners in India say: “We are in total lockdown. God is good and all of us are being protected from the virus thus far. Peter and I and our staff on the campus keep planting veggies. Half of our students could not go home because suddenly transportation in all directions was shut down by the government. So, they are all staying with us in the campus, eating only simple food like dal and rice. All our field evangelists are keeping safe and sound. We keep in touch regularly through WhatsApp.”
This is a challenging time for all of us. It is no different for our National Staff. They still
need to pay expenses and buy food just to live during this time. School fees need to be paid as the children are doing lessons at home with their teachers coaching them.
Also, we have a great need for our materials to be translated into several languages. It will
cost $1,400 to translate each new language. We will need an extra $10,000 to help us get
through this time.
Can you be a part of helping meet these needs? Donations can be mailed to the addresses below, by signing up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) from your bank account, by bank e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org Here is a form you could use:
2020 Pre-authorized Debit form
or by donating online via credit card: Donate page
Mary and I also wanted to thank you for your prayers for our health! It will take a while yet for me to recover from the stroke, but I am getting a little stronger each day. Please continue to pray
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
PDF edition: April 2020 Global Report