Hello dear family! As you are probably aware, the world has been in chaos for the last month because of the Coronavirus. College campuses across the nation are closed and students are finishing their semesters online, while being cooped up at home. This can make connecting with friends and family difficult but God has been giving us the grace we need to keep things going.
Necessary precautions of social distancing are in place but our COMission team is still hard at work as we acclimate to a new normal way of life for the time being. Our four on-ground staff have been working out ways to stay connected with their students by trying to do Bible studies and discipleship groups through phone calls and video chats. Staff meetings, house groups and prayer groups are also being held through video chat, since this is currently the safest way for our church body to connect with each other. After all, for where two or three are gathered in Christ’s name, He is here in our midst (Matt. 18:20), even if it’s through conference calls. Something that recently encouraged me was the March 29 sermon at Gulf Coast Community Church (which was held online via live streaming by the way). Pastor Jerry Cisar spoke on Jeremiah 29:1-14. The survivors of Jerusalem are in captivity under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and Jeremiah writes them a letter, basically telling them to settle into this new normal way of living for a season, which would last 70 years! The Lord promises that He will free them from their captivity but in the meantime, “seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it….”(vs. 7) Although the Coronavirus won’t last 70 years, we can trust the Lord to carry us through this strange time as we do what we can to keep living our lives in this season of captivity through isolation and uncertainty of the future.
With love from Tampa Bay,
Congratulations to John Cummings and Hannah Hutchings on their engagement! John popped the question on January 31 and the wedding is set for Sunday evening, May 3. For the sake of public health reasons with the Coronavirus, only select family members will be able attend the ceremony but the reception has been rescheduled for sometime in October and this will be a time of celebration with friends. John and Hannah are both USFSP alumni and current full time staff with COMission. They will continue their full-time service with COMission as a married couple until the Lord calls them somewhere else. Their hearts are those of true disciple-makers and their desire to share the gospel with college students is seen in every aspect of their lives. We’re excited to see what kinds of new adventures the Lord takes them on.
b.c. (Before covid): spring break shenanigans
The weekend of March 20-22 was the end of USFSP’s spring break and this lovely group of people had the opportunity of taking a camping trip before social distancing became real in our area. Two COMission staffers and four students congregated in the Weeki Wachee area near a river about an hour and half north of St. Pete. It was a special time of fellowship and reading through the book of Titus as they learned how the Gospel transforms lives.
I serve with CoMission full-time as the Executive Assistant. My role includes everything from bookkeeping to proofreading and now keeping this blog so you, our family of missionary servants, can stay updated on our latest happenings. Love y'all and hope y'all find this blog informative and encouraging.