Learning from Times of Epidemics

by Tim Faulkner General SecretaryWith no end in sight, the devastation caused by the COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc on our world. It is indisputable that the virus is highly contagious and does not discriminate. We may never know the exact numbers, but we do...

Pastoring a Congregation Virtually

​I’ve been serving as interim pastor of Multination Church, Frankfurt, Germany, since last July. When I was approached about doing a ‘virtual’ interim in the middle of COVID-19 restrictions, we all had no idea this pandemic would go on as long as it has. Another thing...

Turning Crisis into Opportunity in Children’s Ministry

We are living in a unique time in history with a pandemic and lockdowns. Something none of us have ever experienced. Despite the uncertainties, the Psalmist assures us that God is our help and our shield, therefore, we rejoice and trust in His Holy Name:  We wait in...

A Year with Zoom

This Sunday, it will have been a year since we started meeting online. We never planned on that being the case, and several time along the way, we have considered going back, but other than meeting twice in an outdoor setting, it has been a solid year of meeting...

COVID Blessings

  A year and one week ago I was sitting in my hotel room in Dubrovnik, Croatia, talking to a Lufthansa agent on the phone, trying to find a way to get home to Brazil on a flight several days earlier than I had planned.  I had awakened that morning to the news that...

When Challenges and Difficulties Become a Blessing

It’s been just more than a year since the pandemic, but somehow it feels much longer than that. Why? Why is it for others it feels so fast that they barely noticed that time passed by? As we face everyday challenges and struggles, with things that seem so difficult...

Choosing Joy

A few days after the announcement of the second lockdown in Germany, I shared my disappointment with Pastor Garrett Starr (Faith Baptist Church, Kaiserslautern, Germany) about not being able to gather for a Christmas Eve service. He responded with mutual frustration...

Persevering in Jesus Christ

This past year, 2020, was the year of explosive changes that have wounded many of our souls. Humanity awaited the strike of midnight between 31 December and 1 January. Somehow, we tricked ourselves into believing that this simple second forward in time would allow us...

Getting Used to Disappointment

In the classic and quotable movie The Princess Bride, the hero of the story Wesley says, “Get used to disappointment.” When the pandemic reached Costa Rica the second week of March a year ago, and as one thing after another was canceled, the line from that movie...

Darmstadt, Germany

In October 2019, a few months before COVID-19 was even on the news, Converge International Fellowship’s founding pastor had moved back to the U.S. and an interim who we expected to stay for a few months had arrived. Thankfully, the pastor couple were given a year-long...

Hoensbroek, The Netherlands

​Stand Firm and Keep on Going… ...

Portimao, Portugal

​The International Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, Portimao, Portugal, continues to hold our church services online.  Although we all naturally miss the face-to-face conversations, the online services allow our church to maintain fellowship all year long with...

Bratislava, Slovakia

Gerhard Venter, pastor of Bratislava Faith Community, Slovakia, is a real handyman and loves the challenge of making things.  So, when Slovak regulations required preaching in a mask or having a separation, Gerhard got to work.  He designed and built a home-made...

 

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