In a recent meeting, I heard the following story from one of my friends who works at the Union office. A group of scientists developed a plan for a team of astronauts to reach the moon. The scientist's first task was to plot the perfect, most efficient, and effective course to the moon.
Immediately someone asked what do we do if we get off course? One group of scientists (comprised mostly of the ones who created the course) said, “you plot a course to get BACK on the original planned pathway, since we know that is the best way, and thus get to the moon.”
A second group of scientists said, “Wait! Remember the goal is the MOON, not THE COURSE. If you get off course, don’t spend anytime plotting how to get back to the old course. Instead—we need the tools to plot a new course to the moon.”
And that’s what they did. They built a computer that was constantly self-correcting and continually plotting the best course, even if it wasn’t the original course.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the church has a mission as stated by Jesus Christ Himself, ”Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).
Although we live in unprecedented times in our world, filled with uncertainties and unforeseen challenges that lay ahead, our goal remains the same; however, our strategy must change. God is calling His church for such time as this for every member to engage in creative ways to seek, reach and lead all peoples to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, and disciple them in preparation for His soon return.