The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated at an alarming speed, infecting millions and impacting economies as countries imposed tight restrictions to halt its spread.
Even as Singapore battles and grapples with the crisis, the three Annual Conferences of The Methodist Church in Singapore, together with our Methodist churches and donors, have come together in unity to respond to the needs of our Methodist Missions Society (MMS) mission fields affected by the pandemic.
The MMS Home Office has been working closely with our field teams to prepare, respond and strengthen their ability to provide assistance to their beneficiaries. We have united in solidarity to show love in action, pray and provide financial aid via our Crisis Relief Fund of about $50,000 so that our leaders, pastors, national workers, local churches in all MMS mission fields and entities could respond and provide immediate relief to the affected families.
We hear of heart-breaking difficulties from our fields’ church members and their families of what they are going through as well as their concerns about their livelihood after losing jobs because of the lockdown measures. Teachers in our schools are choosing to continue teaching while taking a pay cut. Parents are unable to pay for school fees, children cannot afford medical care for their ageing parents, and numerous church members face similar circumstances.
Despite the storms of adversity, we witness the sheer resilience and faith as they persevere through this crisis. Pastors are praying fervently, national workers reaching out with food, essentials, and basic sanitisation supplies to the families and children. Leaders are stepping up to raise funds to pay salaries and more.
These efforts have shown God’s love in action to those in need and those who have yet to receive Christ. They are also a testimony to the families of our school children and the surrounding communities that we communicate our love not only in words, but also through compassionate actions.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we cannot overcome crisis by ourselves and that we are all God’s people called to serve and support one another. Truly, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Ps 133:1, NIV)
We humbly invite you to pray with us for the mission fields, to partner us to expand God’s kingdom and to contribute financially, e.g. to MMS General Fund. The General Fund is for Home office and field administration, pioneering initiatives in new locations as well as start-up of new approved ministries and outreach initiatives (prior to partners being found). Your contributions could be life altering for someone out in MMS’s mission fields.
We can achieve more together than alone. We are made strong when we come together in the name of Christ. It is our hope that the work of missions will further inspire us all to press on to share the Gospel, to build committed disciples for Christ and to share our love through our twin strategy of church planting and community development.
Grace Chung is the MMS Church Engagement Manager and she also handles the Donor and Fundraising Management. She worships at Grace Assembly of God. / Photos courtesy of MMS.