A Year to Remember!
The year 2020 was one we shall remember for years to come! A lot happened during just twelve months, but our God was, is, and will always be faithful to watch over us and keep us safe.
Susan and Gail were not able to travel to Myanmar during this past year, but they remained highly involved in Philip’s ministry there. Global Missions director Jim Davis and associate Tom Goliver attended the Yangon Grace Bible School graduation and engaged in some solid teaching time with the students.
It was a special blessing that Tom could go and see first-hand the ministry God is doing through Philip and his family in Myanmar. We are hoping in the future others will go as well.
Due to the pandemic, Word Within International had to adapt to a new way of operating.
Initially, our teaching occurred solely via Zoom meetings but eventually evolved into teaching both face-to-face and on Zoom at the same time. Of course, safe-distancing, disinfecting, and wearing masks became the order of the day. We are pleased to report that our teaching schedule remained active throughout the months from August to today.
Setbacks, and God’s Provision
In July 2020 Gail contracted COVID 19, as did several members of her family. We are very grateful to all those who offered up prayers for complete healing. Gail will attest to the fact that COVID brain-fog is a real thing. But in spite of the setback, she resumed the teaching schedule as soon as her quarantine had expired.
As would be expected, donations were down during the year and, as a result, there was a period when we were unable to send as much support to Philip as usual. However, our generous readers soon responded to the crisis. And as God provided, we were able to increase our support substantially before the year ended. Asbury’s Global Mission board was generous in their support to Philip as well.
The advent of the New Year 2021 has brought additional teaching opportunities and we continue to teach in multiple communities, Wednesday morning Women of the Word and Bible studies as the opportunities arise.
We acquired another overseas student during the past year. Her name is Suzy and she is from Ghana in western Africa. We are currently emailing Bible studies for her to use in Bible studies she leads in her home in Africa
We look to 2021 with anticipation and hope in what God has in store for Word Within and the universal Church. We want to continue to serve our Lord however He leads for as long as we live.