IC Week Five Title

By Dan Etheridge

Week five: Waiting…

Everybody loves waiting right? Waiting for that new season on Netflix to binge on, waiting for that YouTube video to stop buffering, waiting for COVID-19 to be over and social restrictions to be lifted.

There have been glimmers of hope in the news headlines and daily briefings about the lifting some of the restrictions. However, we are still being asked to wait: “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives”. At times this can be frustrating, however we want to encourage and challenge you with stories from our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world who are holding onto their faith in Jesus whilst they don’t just wait, but wait on God.

So, find a good chair, grab a drink, your Bible, a pen, some paper and get ready to hear some amazing stories that will challenge and encourage you to trust in God’s plan and purpose during this time of waiting.

Before you jump in, we also know that during this global crisis our church family around the world are in need. The frustration of waiting that we are experiencing is being shared by Christians who are really struggling during this outbreak. In India, many Christians come from poorer communities. Being on lock-down means they can’t work, which means no money for rent or food. All they can do is wait for supplies and food. And this is where we can stand with them, providing what they need whilst restrictions are still in place. Please check out the new coronavirus crisis appeal here, take on a fundraising challenge, share the link and help your church family around the world. Thank you!

The Author
Dan works part time with Open Doors, mainly sorting out the comms stuff for youth and students. In his other life he's a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes collecting records and sitting on beaches looking at waves.

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