COVID-19 is reshaping life for everyone and reminding us that life on this earth is uncertain. Many Pursue Missionaries and Partners are experiencing challenges that are much more intense than their previous circumstances. We want to assure you that we are making every effort to care for our friends. There are practical ways that you can support them, as well. So, we thought it would be helpful to give you some inside information.
Are Pursue Missionaries coming home from the field?
Each missionary’s situation is unique and Pursue has been assisting them individually in making this decision. We are monitoring governments, travel bans, visa situations, and how a missionary’s presence in their host country is affected by local laws and regulations. In each situation, we work both to mitigate unnecessary risks, as well as to support them as they share the gospel and offer care to those in need. We believe that regardless of where they have found themselves, they will continue to be “salt and light” in the community that God has placed them.
Is COVID-19 affecting missionaries’ access to Pursue Missions?
The Pursue Missions office is still functioning. All of our staff are working remotely due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing. We are so grateful for the technology that has allowed us to serve our missionaries without interruption, as we meet with them through Skype, Zoom, phone, and email. In addition, Missionary Care Teams continue to reach out to them.
Are there financial implications for missionaries during the COVID crisis?
Pursue missions continues to receive and process gifts to our missionaries. Our missionaries may incur unexpected expenses if they are/have been required to leave the country on short notice or if they become ill. While we will stand by to assist them in facing these challenges, we also encourage supporters and prayer partners to reach out to their missionaries directly to determine tangible ways you can help. Please note, that missionaries who temporarily come home from the field continue to need financial support until they are able to return.
What can I do to help?
- Email or Call - Check in with a missionary or partner in whom you have a relationship
- Connect & Network – Invite them to your Zoom home group or prayer meeting
- Involve Children & Families – Use this opportunity to discuss missions. Expand your homeschooling with culture and geography lessons on our missionaries. Consider creating digital pen pals for your kids.
- Let Isolation Fuel Understanding- The current isolation from church, friends, and work can be frustrating and difficult, but this is the life many missionaries face daily! Those working in locations without an established church don’t have the luxury of weekly services or a larger Christian community around them. Let this time of isolation help you better understand how to pray for mission workers and how to care for their spiritual and emotional needs.