Church of God World Missions Director David M. Griffis is calling for intercessory prayer for our international church family as the COVID-19 crisis spreads and affects our missionaries, international leaders, and members.
Dr. Griffis is reminded of Martin Luther’s words when he was dealing with The Black Death plague “In His Own Time.”
I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me He will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person I shall go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.
(Luther’s Works; Vol. 43, pg. 132)
There has been an especially serious outbreak in our church in Belgium. We stand with our World Missions family in prayer and will be posting updates from the field as they are received.