COVID Isolation Beginning to End!

July 4, 2020

 

 

Ezekiel 37:3-4

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.

4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

 

 

I pray this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I cannot image the difficulties you are facing on a daily basis. Health concerns, financial uncertainty and questions of the future. These are the seasons of life were fear and doubt can become overwhelming. However, we have a promise of peace. In the Gospel of John; Jesus promises to give us His peace. A peace that doesn’t come from our circumstances. It is a supernatural peace that doesn’t originate in this world. Therefore, this world cannot take it. (Jn 14:27) It is during these times that we must truly walk by faith. We place our trust in the faithfulness of God’s provision in His Word. 

 

I am currently writing from Overland Missions’ main logistical base in Livingstone, Zambia. In March, as COVID-19 became increasingly a global threat. The DR Congo began to implement measures that closed most businesses and enforced travel restrictions within the country. These measures forced our team to cease all ministry activity. We then received information that all boarders would be closing. With this information, advice from Overland’s leadership and friends within the Congolese Government. We made the decision to exit the country and shelter at the Livingstone base.

 

Our Congo team arrived in Livingstone in mid-March. On arrival to base; we were required to quarantine for fourteen days. Afterwards, we had to remain on base except for essential travel. The government of Zambia has begun to lighten business and travel restrictions. We now have freedom to travel to town if wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Ministry is also beginning to slowly resume. Meetings are required to be of less than 10 people and masks must be worn while practicing social distancing.

 

My duties during this travel restricted time have been primarily occupied with the assisting of groundwork and maintenance of the base. However, I have also had an abundance of time to focus on preparing for my return to DR Congo. I have been using this time to focus on my personal relationship with Jesus. With full-time ministry obligations, it is easy to neglect personal devotion time. Bible study can become all about the next message and prayer can devolve into a ritualistic “prayer list”. Praying for others and preparing for ministry is extremely important. However, our first ministry must always be unto The Lord! (Mat 22:36-38)

 

I have had the ability to maintain regular contact with my ministry partners in Congo. They have keep our team up to date as to the situation on the ground. Thing are quite difficult as you might imagine; food shortages, soaring prices and an aggressive military. The people of Congo defiantly need our prayers. I am hoping to return to Congo and resume ministry to the Congolese people as soon as the boarders open. During the interim, I am joining with missionaries in Zambia to aid in their ministries as I await my return.

 

This COVID pandemic is an event that will mark our world for generations to come. As the World Wars and Great Depression did to the generations that preceded us. The personal choices we each make during this season of tragedy will impact society in ways we cannot yet imagine. Our children and grandchildren will come to ask us about the time of the Great Pandemic. Our response to those questions are formulated in the choices we make today. We can simply survive or we can prosper.  

 

We can prosper by redeeming this season for the Glory of God. Take the time that has been given to cultivate intimate communion in prayer. Rediscover the Heart of God for you and your family. Seize this opportunity to foster revival. Revival must begin in you. Then it can flow from you to your family, your Church, your community and your nation. We have all seen and experienced a drifting in our Christian communities and a growing division in our nation. We have been given an opportunity for a reset. An opportunity to alter the course. Jesus is the redeemer, the God of revival! All things can be redeemed by Him. Anything that once was vibrant and alive can live again! 

 

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. Safety and provision for the people of Congo.  

  2. Congo border to open for my return.

  3. Each of you to become instruments of revival.

    As always: Father; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

 

I know life can be overwhelmingly busy. I do thank you for taking time to read this newsletter. God Bless.

Your Loving Brother In Christ,
Darin Stewart

 

 

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