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COVID-19: I can imagine most of you are tired of hearing about it. This pandemic has affected every aspect of society, from church and school gatherings, to the way business is done (or not done), to grocery shopping, to travel, to the way you greet your neighbor. And that’s just here in Zambia! It’s hard for us to imagine what many of you are facing in your corners of the world. We know some of you have been affected personally by the illness, and some have suffered with loved ones who have been infected, and all of you have been impacted in numerous ways by the public health measures being employed around the world to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate the risks to those most susceptible to harm. Thank you for doing your part to protect the most vulnerable among us! We know that caring for the vulnerable and the weak is at the center of God’s heart:

 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;
he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
He feels pity for the weak and the needy,
and he will rescue them.
He will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are precious to him.
– Psalm 72:12-14 (NLT)

To lay down one’s own desires and rights and privileges for the well-being of another: this is the life of a disciple of Jesus. It reminds me of his very own words: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) May we choose to love like Jesus loves!


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