Dear Northwest Ministry Network,
We have been praying for those impacted by the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and for you. You have an opportunity to bring the hope of Jesus and the peace He offers to the communities throughout our Network.
The health and safety of those attending Network churches and events is always our highest priority. We want to encourage you to lean into three I’s as you navigate your local context.
We have been reviewing regular updates from the
Washington Department of Health
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
. We encourage you to subscribe to their updates and check with your local county’s department of health, as there may be more specific information for your local area. These agencies provide lists of best practices for personal health during seasons of illness, considerations for large groups gathering, the most vulnerable groups and information specific to your local area. Another great resource for best practices in caring for your facility and children/youth is your local school district.
If you are planning to travel outside of the United States the
United States Department of State
provides travel advisories. Be sure to check airline refund policies when purchasing airline tickets. Consider purchasing travel insurance.
There is a lot we can learn from each other. Social media is a great way to share what you are doing with your church and find information on what other churches are doing.
- Cedar Park Northshore posted a sign on their Facebook page this past Sunday that was creative and thoughtful.
- Our General Superintendent Doug Clay posted a message on Facebook to Assemblies of God ministers and churches.
- Northwest University has been publishing regular updates on how they are responding.
We are sure many of you have read the reports about the shortage of water, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. at local retailers from this past weekend. Many people are experiencing a level of fear about the unknown. What a great opportunity to communicate your faith in God in all circumstances. Be an encourager, and Scripture encourages us to be compassionate. Since the book of Acts, the church has been involved in caring for the sick, needy, orphans and widows as a caring place of healing prayer and practical care.
You may have already asked what the Network intends to do about upcoming events, such as Fine Arts and Network Conference. As of today, it is still too early to make decisions. We will communicate with you in a timely manner should there be any changes to planned events or meetings.
Join us in praying for those impacted. Pray for healthcare workers and first responders. Pray for the health and protection for those in our communities. Pray for our government officials and agencies. Pray for peace to replace fear. Pray for wisdom when making decisions.
The Network Leadership Team