EDITORIAL: The highs and lows of lockdown

What are you learning through this lockdown?

I have noticed how different personalities have coped with the new patterns of life enforced by COVID-19 measures. Many extroverts have struggled with the social isolation and distancing rules, while introverts I know have felt very refreshed and slightly guilty that they’ve enjoyed the solitude during lockdown so much.

Personally, I’ve been surprised by my ability to experience a month’s worth of emotions in one day. Slowing down from busy activity has pushed me to be more reflective, especially as a result of reading a soul-searching book called The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero.

‘Jesus, our Messiah and God, did not deny his anger and sadness. The prophet Jeremiah wrote an entire book, Lamentations, expressing his deep anguish over the
destruction of Jerusalem…’

The Emotionally Healthy Leader, Peter Scazzero, p71

The example of the prophet Jeremiah is relevant for us in this season as he combines deep sorrow alongside hope and optimism based on the faithfulness and love of God. Having an authentic look at the highs and lows of lockdown for us as a mission family has shaped this latest edition of awmlink.

A reader’s response:

‘Dear Friends at AWM,
Thank you for your latest magazine which I found very interesting and challenging, especially the story of Bulus. I will be praying very much for him as you seek to encourage him. Yours in Christ,

John’

What stories will you discover?

In the latest edition of the magazine you will read about:

– how the Spirit is leading households to Christ in North Africa
– innovative and flexible approaches to mobilising mission enquirers during restrictions
– how you can pray with insight for cross-cultural workers during this lockdown

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