By Charlotte, mission mobiliser
It can be so frustrating when we make plans and they don’t work out! For most of us the coronavirus pandemic has meant our normal routines have been disrupted: from the usual weekly activities of church, sports clubs, and meeting friends for coffee, to having to cancel holidays, weddings, and family get-togethers.
Mission trips cancelled
For our short-term mission enquirers looking to head off to serve in the Arab World over the next couple of months, COVID-19 has meant uncertainty, cancellation, or the delaying of much prayed about, hoped for mission trips.
It is right that normal life stops for this season. That we all contribute to protecting each other from the disease and give time to seeking God in prayer. We’re getting used to a new normal of working or studying from home (if not a key worker), hanging out with friends and family over Zoom, and being the church dispersed.
What could you do?
But moving forward in your short-term mission journey does not have to come to a standstill at this time. If you feel a call to explore serving overseas, then here are three practical things you can still do …
- Pray for the unreached: As we experience travel restrictions, economic uncertainty, difficulty accessing some foods, and only being able to connect with our church family online, we get a small glimpse into the day to day lived experience of many people in the Arab World. Pray for God to be made known at this time and that God would grow our compassion for the lost. For more material to guide you in your prayers go here.
- Take this time to learn: Maybe you’re finding yourself with more free time than usual. We would highly recommend learning something new! Why not read into your areas of mission interest? Whether that’s the autobiography of an inspiring missionary, the testimony of someone who has come to faith, or a book that explores engaging with Islam, we can fuel ourselves up with useful insights and knowledge that can shape our understanding. We can be encouraged with what God has been doing, and what he is doing now. Similarly, now is also a perfect time to take part in an online training course. We’re working on some material at the moment, but in the meantime check out some recommended books and resources here…
- Enquire about going: Whilst going on a short-term mission trip isn’t feasible for at least the next couple of months, it is still very much possible to get chatting to a mobiliser and explore what opportunities are out there. At AWM-Pioneers we offer tailor-made Venture trips which seek to place you with a field-team, from 2 weeks to a year, to learn more about what it looks like to make Christ known in the Arab world, and to serve practical needs. If this sounds interesting to you, then start planning in advance for 2021. Tell us what kind of projects interest you and where, and we can explore what field teams could host you. We’ll then put you in contact with them so you can chat and get an idea if they might be a good fit for you.
Keep moving forward
Life as normal may feel like it’s at a standstill, but God’s heart for the lost has not changed. Let’s continue to pray for, invest in, and explore his calling on our lives, to make Him known amongst the unreached of the Arab World.