Be Still and Know that I Am God
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Thank you so much to all who have already reached out to see how I am doing these days. It is such a blessing to receive reminders of God’s love through the body of Christ.
Uganda has had its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the last week. The government has put in preventative measures such as closing all schools and discontinuing large group gatherings including public worship until at least April 20. So, like many of you, I am working and worshiping from home these days. While our students are not able to engage in distance learning, I am busy preparing lessons and working on curriculum from my home in Uganda to be prepared for when we are able to return to classes. The Lutheran Church of Uganda is finding ways to minister to the congregation members through means such as radio broadcasts and phone calls.
Please know that all of you are in my prayers constantly. My students said to let you know that they are also praying for you. While the world is facing so many unknowns these days, what a blessing it is to know that our God is constant, and He still reigns. As He calls us all to be still in His presence right now, we can rest in the assurance that He is with us and is still in control.
I have been so encouraged to see how pastors and teachers, congregations and schools in America are working hard to continue sharing God’s Word in creative ways throughout this time. If you are looking for ideas for connecting with your students, congregations, or Bible study groups via technology these days, let me know if you would like a "visit’ from a missionary. I, as well as many of my fellow missionaries around the world, are also homebound at the moment, and can be available for connecting via video or the internet.
I know we are all joined together praying for people in Uganda, America, and around the world at this time. May God bring healing to the sick; peace to the distressed; comfort to the lonely; wisdom to the leaders, scientists, and medical workers; and strength, guidance, and safety to all who continue to serve others in so many ways. May He strengthen the faith of each and every one of us so we may truly be still and know that He is God. I am confident that in the midst of what may look like chaos, uncertainty, and evil around us, God can and will work all things for good. May He be exalted!