A Letter from Pastor Frank
Wednesday, March 11, I was in Prescott when the news came down that the NBA was suspending the rest of their season
Two thoughts immediately occurred:
- 1. That’s the first domino of many that will be economically challenging.
- 2. There are thousands of food vendors, ushers, ticket-takers, screeners, and other arena employees who immediately just lost their income – be it their primary income or “side gig” that made the rest of their household economics “work.”
The domino effect, of course, began. The NHL, spring training, the rest of college sports . . . then restaurants, bars, and hotels . . . for many, this crisis is disorienting beyond just the possibility of contracting the virus.
Our goal at Redemption Church during this time of uncertainty is to maintain our financial commitment to care for our church family, our community, and our ministry partners around the world. Although the church will continue to have expenses going forward which we will need to cover, some expenses have also already been eliminated as a result of shutting down all gatherings.
We know, however, that many of you are being negatively impacted by the financial downturn caused by the uncertainty around the spread of this virus so you must cut expenses. You may even have to cut or reduce your giving to Redemption Church. We understand, but we also know there are some who are not feeling the same pressure of a reduced income. To those of you so fortunate, we ask you to prayerfully consider helping make up the difference by maintaining or perhaps increasing your giving – literally stand in the gap for those who cannot.
For all of us, on either side of this coin, the key is prayer and the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 9 that we should not give reluctantly or under compulsion, but that God loves a cheerful giver. The cheerfulness of a giver must come from the Holy Spirit, not human coercion. Pray, be thankful, and listen.
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We know God will protect and provide for His church. God said to Abram in Genesis 15:1, “Fear not Abram, I am your shield, your reward shall be very great.” As we remain faithful in the midst of turmoil believing God is our shield, our great reward will be that He will be glorified and we will receive His peace.