Dave & Blanca Gifford – Mexico City

March 23, 2020

 

Dear friends, supporters and family members,

 

As Covid-19 continues to spread throughout the world, We wanted to update you on how the virus is affecting our ministry with Resonate Global Mission and thank you for your ongoing support. Your prayer, care, and financial support is more precious than ever before during this stressful and anxious time.

 

The rapidly spreading nature and the global reach of the COVID-19 crisis greatly affects an organization like Resonate. We rely on travel, one-on-one meetings, and small and large group gatherings to do our work. For the health and safety of Resonate staff and the communities we serve, we have cancelled or postponed many meetings, trips, trainings, events, and other gatherings for the next six-to-eight weeks. The CRCNA has suspended all international and domestic travel, and missionary deputations in Canada and the United States are on hold. This will be reassessed on June 1.

 

This does not mean, however, that ministry stops. God is still at work.

 

We are adapting to COVID-19 and finding new ways to meet the needs of our communities. Though things change day by day, and sometimes even hour by hour, you can read more about how Resonate ministry is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic online at resonateglobalmission.org/covid19. Despite some ministry losses, we have new opportunities to share the love of Christ—especially with those who are longing for the peace, hope, and stability that only Christ provides.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what our ministry looks like right now:

 

Church services have been suspended, and by this weekend we should be transitioned to online services. The seminary has been closed, and I am starting online versions of my class by Zoom. COMPA (Mexico's version of InterVarsity) canceled their annual training event in April, so my workshop there is not happening.

 

Thankfully, much of my work looked like at-home quarantine before the quarantine: emails, Zoom meetings, lesson prep, preparation of online materials, reporting, and more. So I still have plenty to do.

 

And as some of you know, I recently wrote in Spanish on Facebook to urge Christians to stop criticizing church leaders for suspending services. That post got a lot of traction: 119 likes and 79 shares. I hope it did even a little bit to slow the spread of COVID-19 here.

 

Our world needs the grace, hope, and love of Christ now more than ever, and we are dedicated to serving our communities through COVID-19, and your partnership in our ministry is critical right now. You can help right here and right now with your ongoing care, prayer, and financial support as we find creative ways to continue spreading the gospel. We can’t do this without you.

 

Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Please continue to pray for us,Resonate ministry, and the people we minister with—and let us know how we can pray for you, your church, and your community. 

 

Blessings in Christ, 

 

Dave and Blanca Gifford
Mexico team leader, Mexico City
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