Staley August/September 2020 Prayer Letter
We're so glad to be back in our usual location for Sunday services. We have more space to spread out and, at the moment, we can accommodate more people. Please pray for more people to return to church and that the COVID-19 restrictions would not become more restrictive in the coming weeks.
Holding forth the word of life - Philippians 2:16
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Sometimes we’re driving down a familiar road when, all of a sudden, we hit a detour. Frustration often follows. That’s because we view the detour as an unnecessary interruption to our daily routine. It’s a major inconvenience! After all, the detour can lead us down roads we never would have chosen. There’s an uncomfortableness to it all. But we also understand that we can’t reach our destination without taking the detour. This year, ministry has taken a bit of a detour. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many of the plans we had for 2020. It’s taken us down roads that we never would have chosen! At times, it’s been uncomfortable, but, God has been leading us down HIS roads. We’ll reach the intended destination as long as we’re willing to follow His leadership and guidance.
Through it all, the Lord has been faithful to the ministry and our family. It’s been exciting to see the spiritual growth taking place in the lives of our church members during this crisis. God is at work during this season of detours! Recently, we recognized a young man in the church who completed his one-on-one discipleship. We praise the Lord for his commitment to following Christ and learning God's Word. The young man told us that he wants to follow God’s will for his life and is eager to disciple others! In fact, he’s already discipling another young man in the church. It’s an encouraging sign for our church to see.
BACK IN CLASS
Back in March, the pandemic interrupted the spring semester of Crossroads Bible Institute. As a result, we were unable to finish the class on Church History. Thankfully, the government restrictions have eased and the Bible Institute resumed a couple of weeks ago. Nearly all of the students who were enrolled in the spring are back in class this semester. That’s another encouraging sign for us to see during this season of detours. Please pray for the students and for Pastor Doug as he teaches over the next couple of months.
VISIT WITH FAMILY
Recently, we travelled back to the States for a brief visit with family and friends. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, the trip had been scheduled prior to the emergence of COVID. We also knew it would be some time before we could travel to the US again. It was wonderful to see family and friends and to get some needed physical and spiritual rest. Of course, our children – Hannah, Evan, David and Nathan – enjoyed being spoiled by grandmas and grandpas. Overall, the time we spent with family was priceless! We thank the Lord for His protection on our family as well as the opportunity to visit.
Doug & Amber Staley Hannah, Evan, David & Nathan