"Then they set out from Elim and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt."
Soon after leaving the oasis of Elim, their parched and weary bodies refreshed by the cooling springs of water, appetites satisfied by the luscious dates provided by the palms, discord and complaint would soon ring out as hunger again gnawed at their bellies. The uncertainty of their food supply now on their minds, little did they know God already had a plan. Their questioning, like ours today, whether it be for food or shelter, vaccine or not, one two or three doses or more, one mask or three, what if we are exposed, what about this or that? It all comes down to, God, do we live in fear, mistrust, suspicion, accusation or do we go forward with faith and Your wisdom. For those wandering in the wilderness, their disbelief proved their undoing. For us, let's look toward Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Ministry Opportunities - Amidst the Covid and its variants that have run through the world this last year or so, may go through a variety of differing scenarios. Some go on as they have, others with waning confidence in the vaccine, still many fear filled, others with cautious methodical movement, some still healing from the effects of Covid, others going through financial, health or family issues. The variations are multiplied by the changes. In all of this child of God, look for the opportunities to share a word of encouragement, to offer to pray and to share the love of Christ.
River of Life Mission - As the volume of meals and ministry opportunities have ramped up at the River of Life Mission, please keep all the staff and guests, as well as the neighboring community, in prayer.
Our church family - As many are sheltered in place during this COVID outbreak, rundown a list you may formulate in your mind and keep one another in prayer during this time of isolation.
COVID-19 prayer - As this global pandemic continues to take lives and so dramatically change the lifestyles of all, pray that hearts would be turned to the Lord, and people receive His saving grace and mercy. Pray for our first responders and our doctors, nurses and caregivers who minister so faithfully on the very front line of this COVID-19 outbreak.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - As the Middle East heats up, pray for the nation of Israel along with all of those in this region who have come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.