As a result of my chosen profession, rather than my increasing age (although it was a close run thing) I am now as of Monday, one of more than 13 million (over a quarter of the UK adult population) who have now had my second vaccine jab. I am of course deeply grateful and thankful. However if I’m honest, I’m also greatly saddened that for many currently in other parts of the world, the fear of and impact of Covid remains greater than ever, where countries such as India, Brazil and others are paying a high price. I was moved by a statement put out by global faith leaders this week, that joined the call for a people’s vaccine. Echoing imagery from 1 Corinthians 12 concerning the interconnectedness of the body, it states:
"The Covid crisis has reminded us all of our interdependence, and of our responsibilities to care for one another. We can each only be well, when all of us are well. If one part of the world is left to suffer the pandemic, all parts of the world will be put at ever-increasing risk.” (Read the full statement here)
In other news; I continue to be blown away, by the goodness and generosity of God, as we witness further gifts being given towards our Refurb project. Almost every time we have hit a financial hurdle, with a variety of increased costs, the resources continue to come in and cover them. Again, we have much to be grateful for as we anticipate the work starting in less than a week. And how can we display our gratitude……?
Our hope is, that at the completion of phase one, we can hold a modern day example of the “thank offerings” that feature in both Old Testament and New; a display of our gratitude to God, which can then be passed on to one or two other fellowships; additional members of Christ’s body that we are linked to.
In the meantime.
Keep in touch
Keep the faith.