Missions & COVID-19
To say that a lot has changed in recent weeks is an understatement, but I know one thing has not: That’s your passion to do what always appears in my email signature… “go4acts1:8now!”
COVID-19 realities and anti-coronavirus measures change on us every week in two different countries. But E3V is continuing to engage in global Gospel activity. We are doing it differently.
First, we have multiplied our measures to keep you safe and healthy. For example, Personal Care Kits which include masks, gloves, sanitizers, and wipes are a part of every team member’s daily supplies.
Next, we are deploying you in smaller numbers and to bigger spaces. Missions will happen in a more creative and safer way. Teams will be limited to 10-12 people that will travel in larger vehicles. Children’s ministries will be open and with smaller groups. Medical ministries will be by appointment, eliminating large crowds and long lines.
For the rest of 2020, we are offering new kinds of missions experiences for your members. Let me preview them:
1- Beginning June 1, you can do a “Virtual Mission Connection.” We will virtually connect your team with your Guatemalan partners for a great hour of fellowship, information and prayer. Just contact me or David to set it up.
2- – Starting October 1, 2020 your church can go on a regular “Church Partnership Trip” just like you always have. All you have to do is contact David or me and it’ll work basically just like it always has, but the field implementation will be coronavirus risk-sensitive, as I mentioned above.
3- Beginning Winter-Spring 2021, E3V will conduct a series of “Specialized Ministry Teams.” Anybody can sign up for any of these trips. Soon you can see dates, places, kind of ministry and sign up instructions on our Specialized Ministry Team page under “Trips”.
4- In the meantime, your Guatemalan E3V mobilizers are going on mini-mission trips. In early November of 2020, and again in February 2021, your Guatemalan E3V Mobilizers are going on two mini-mission trips. They can’t wait until next Summer to get started! So in November and again in February they are going where you would have gone this year. They will go in mini-teams on mini-trips to your partners. While there, they will minister on your behalf. They can even video contact you while they are with your partners.
5- If you cannot go, please give as God leads.
- You can financially support our mobilizers’ trip costs for their mission trips.
- Many families, some that you have probably touched in a school or medical clinic, are genuinely suffering hunger because no money is being made by the vast majority of people. Please help us feed hungry parents and children in the communities where you serve. We can feed a family for one month for $50.
Simply click on the “DONATE” button choose the options you would like to support.
– Garry Eudy