COVID-19 Update, 30 March 2020
In September 1939, just after World War II had begun and with the world in crisis, Norman Grubb (the International director of that time and the son-in-law of CT Studd) wrote the following words to the WEC fellowship:
“He has taught us these years to keep our eyes fixed on Him
and see Him working out His own glorious purposes through the
greatest apparent disaster." Grubb reaffirmed [to the
fellowship] that we were to stand 100 per cent, devoted to
this one cause to which He has called us, worldwide
evangelisation. He went on to elaborate, "We have
regarded these times of crisis as a special opportunity for
proving the promises of God, and launched out in faith for
advance and supply for existing needs... We were led
deliberately to trust God for increases from the day the war
broke out, and the answer has been abundant. "
As the Coronavirus continues to spread at a rapid rate, these
words spoken 80 years ago are still applicable in 2020 as we
navigate the global effects of this crisis. We are moving
into a time of ministry which will look very different from
what we have been accustomed to. Yet our desire and global
vision 'to see Christ known, loved and worshipped by the
unreached peoples of the world' remains the same. We want
to share with you how WEC Australia is responding to this
pandemic, particularly with respect to the care of our
members, both in Australia and overseas.
The Australian leadership team has been in direct contact with
our workers and we are pleased to report that they are in good
health overall and are taking all necessary precautions as per
the recommendations in their respective countries. While each
of our areas in the world are autonomous in terms of their
governance and operations, the Australian team is carefully
monitoring the situation in consultation with our
international leadership and the local leaders. In the event
that the situation in their country worsens we will work
together with our colleagues on the ground to find the best
way forward for their situation.
In terms of travel, WEC Australia is following government
recommendations by enforcing a ban on international and
domestic WEC-related travel. All our centres are complying
with self-distancing and hygiene requirements to reduce the
chance of spread of the virus and all meetings are happening
online in a 'virtual capacity'. Thankfully there are no
restrictions on the ability to pray and as a mission, we
continue to seek God's purposes at this challenging time.
We appreciate your prayers and partnership as we work
alongside our members in Australia and overseas at this
unprecedented time in history. Like Norman Grubb and others
who came through challenging periods in history, may we 100%
lean on the one who calls us.
The WEC Australia Board
Watch video response here.