Worship comes from our hearts and is shown in our actions. For most of us there will be temporary, uncomfortable changes made to limit the spread of COVID-19 to the most vulnerable, and we must change our mindset to reflect what we are called to do: worship God and be conduits of his love to our community and the world.
The Bible is filled with God’s promises to us, promises which can take away our worry and lead us into praise for Him. Here are a few ways you can be praising God through worship, prayer, and service…
Praise God in the middle of anxiety and worry:
Pray for the World:
- Pray for the health and safety of the sick and those who are most vulnerable
- Pray against fear, worry, and anxiety in our homes, communities, and nations
- Pray for our public health officials, healthcare workers, volunteers, government officials, and first responders
- Pray for those who have been economically impacted by social distancing
- Pray against the evil we are still facing – trafficking, poverty, disasters, hunger, violence, and injustice
Pray for AIM:
- Pray for endurance for leaders continuing to lead and making decisions
- Pray for God’s provision for finances
- Pray for Health and safety for all of our staff and missionaries (long-term volunteers)
- Pray for Health risk at ARC and Transitional Home as staff come and go from home to work every day
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Ways you can serve others during this time…
Love God by being conduits of His love to others. The healthy among us can protect the vulnerable and care for the sick, and as a result they will experience Jesus through us (John 13:34-35). Read more on our founder Don Brewster’s Blog.
- Show others love and reach out to the elderly, someone who’s lost income, or other at-risk people you know to see if you can help pick up groceries, prescriptions, supplies, or just to say hello!
- Be a conduit of Christ by sharing encouragement and avoiding spreading false information! Know your sources and be a light to your community.
- Facetime or video call friends and family to keep yourself and others from isolation.
- Support small businesses and non-profits who are hurting during this social distancing.
- Trafficking hasn’t stopped, and neither have we! Be an abolitionist from home and support AIM – learn how here.
- Do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by listening to your local health advisors and government officials.
- Check in with your church community for more ways to be a light in the darkness.
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How AIM is choosing WORSHIP over WORRY
Message from AIM President, Lisa Varga
Dear AIM Family,
In the midst of the global crisis, we have found ourselves in places we’ve never been before. Though we are forced to do things differently, here at AIM our minds remain calm and focused on our mission. We know that God is ultimately in control as we continue our calling to bring justice and freedom to exploited women and children.
Our theme and mindset for this is called WORSHIP over WORRY. We must place worship, and showing God’s love, above all our anxiety and fear. I invite you to read more about this mindset and how we can be conduits of Christ’s love during this time by visiting Don Brewster’s personal blog.
As for AIM and our mission, we have made a temporary pivot of how we will maintain our programs in Cambodia in the upcoming weeks. Our first priority is the safety and security of the people we serve and employ, many of whom are survivors of trafficking. To maintain the necessary social distancing as we all make efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, some of our programs are temporarily emptied and are changing the way they work. We are committed to paying all staff during this time and creating ways to keep the intent of the programs going where children can still learn and employees can still work where possible.
Join us in prayer as we rely on God’s direction on how we can best support the community and those we work with, and please continue to pray for those still enslaved. While our lives have been disrupted and it seems like the world has come to a halt, trafficking has not and thus neither has our SWAT Team, who is still conducting investigations and working toward rescuing minors!
I hope you are encouraged to find ways to place Worship over Worry in your new routine while staying connected to loved ones and reaching out to others. We are so grateful for your help in bringing freedom to the women and children we work with – it wouldn’t be possible without all of you who have always stepped up in a big way!
President of Agape International Missions
Updates on AIM Programs
AIM School teachers are preparing packets and going to families to provide access to education for our students. Meanwhile, our social workers and church members are also going out into the community to educate people on the virus and how to keep themselves safe. If they need some food or medicine, they can turn to us to help them.