1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
As we head into this Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to say how thankful we are here at Pure Joy International for those of you that have continued to give faithfully to the ministry, through prayer, encouragement, and financially.
Many of you know from your own experience and through your missionary daughters, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends that overseas travel has been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have many missionaries stateside in holding patterns for now. We also have missionaries still on the ground in different countries, and Covid-19 has affected them, too, regarding ministry on the field. We have missionaries that have come home for good because of the time lapse of not being able to renew passports, work visas, etc., and the list could go on and on.
All of this to say do not lose sight of our missionaries that God has called to the ministry of missions overseas. They, too, are walking out the daily journey of how God would have them serve where they are. So, as we continue to pray for family, friends and loved ones regarding this pandemic please remember to pray for our missionaries near and far.
On another note, the ministry of Pure Joy International has also been interrupted regarding overseas travel. We highly suspect it will be the fall of 2021 before we are able to leave the country, if then. In the meantime, we continue to provide counseling for our missionaries overseas and stateside. We would ask you to pray with us as we seek the LORD on His continued plans for the ministry. And may I ask you to include all missions’ ministries and organizations that travel internationally in those prayers. If the consequence of Covid-19 has shown us anything it is that “people need the LORD”. So much hopelessness among those that do not know Him and hard times, challenges, and difficulties among those that do.
I encourage all of us, keep walking we know the ending!
1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV)
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
From: The Staff, Board, and Advisors of Pure Joy International Retreat Ministry
“Happy Thanksgiving 2020”