May 2020

Dear Family and Friends

Lockdown started on 23 March for us here in the UK. How are you coping being isolated? I am an introvert but I am actually finding it hard to be away from my “family” here in London. The new norm is most of us spending loads of time on every means of social media to stay connected with people. It’s been great to stay in touch, but I also join many of you who have had Zoom, Facetime, Whatsapp, Skype, Messenger, etc overload! I’m so grateful that so many of us live close and we’ve been able to have a ten minute conversation standing 2 meters apart.

Working from home has taken on a whole new look and way of life. As a Church, all of our services and courses are online now. It has put us into a new learning scale to figure out how to record at the best quality as well as how to communicate not only to the individual but to groups of people all at the same time. All of us are doing our recordings from our own homes with the equipment that we have and we pray that the final product always looks good but the process to get there can sometimes be hilariously messy!

We’ve had loads of people in our church diagnosed as positive for Covid-19 and many others with symptoms. Praise God though, we have not experienced the loss of one person in our congregation.

We are also hearing praise reports of people being able to share the Gospel with colleagues and some of them becoming Christians! With all of our courses and Connect Groups going online, it has also made it much easier for people to attend whereas before, their schedules or where they lived prevented them from attending. I’ve even had to train new leaders because we have been able to start new groups as a result of more people being able to meet now that they can meet online. Our Evangelism team just did an event this past week and had almost 150 attend from all over the world. Although we are restricted from travelling, the Word of God has no restrictions!

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and continuous support in so many ways. I am healthy and God is giving me such grace and wisdom on how to walk through this time. I know that this has a lot to do with everything that you do for me. Please continue praying that God would help me to lead our Connect Groups and to help make sure that our congregation as a whole is staying connected. We really want to make sure that there is not one person who is doing life alone.

Loads of love

Traci

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