Though our church’s buildings are not to be used temporarily for gatherings under State and local laws, we have come together online for all of our scheduled services.
Our area churches are connected Sundays and Wednesdays via our electronic devices to: praise, pray, and preach all in real time. This has been so meaningful to us. Whether we are at home, on the farm, in our cars, or laying in a hammock, we are staying well connected. What has been a wonderful surprise is the fellowship time after our online services. We continue linked long after our “structured meetings” to share informally the impact of this epidemic in our personal lives.
As you folks there in America, here in Brazil we are not for lack of opinions regarding how to deal with the present crises, nor what the procedures should be taken by the federal and local governments.
Secondly, our churches have come together by helping many of our friends and families financially. A food bank has been setup and many are using their reserves to help those that are now in physical need. I am humbled by some who have so little giving to those that now have even less.
So… our area churches are in this boat together on our “Sea of Galilee”. We are hoping to get to the other side before we sink to the bottom, never to come up again. The news outlets say that we are going down fast; all the visible numbers show that is true. Our economy in Brazil was still fragile and struggling from massive government corruption from the recent past. Our business friends and most of the brethren were seeing stability in there financial lives. So, some folks do question, where is Jesus?
If we could do as the disciples did that night (Mark 4:35-41) and wake Jesus up, He just might look out at our storm then look at us straight in the eyes, smile and ask “why are you afraid”?
That question is haunting and personal. A part of me does not like that question, because I know the answer.
Yet,... that is the question to ask, isn’t it?
by tim reiner