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We live in very interesting times! May you know God's peace and comfort in the midst of this coronavirus crisis and keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus as our lives are turned upside down.
GRN continues to function in Australia. About two thirds of our people are not here. They are either staff working from home or older volunteers who are staying safe at home for the duration of the heightened risk to their health. The rest of us continue coming into the office. Our computer systems continue to make our recordings and audio visuals available to the world. We continue to send out mp3 players and picture books. Our studios continue to process new recordings as they come in from around the world (many recordists are busy at home editing and programming their work) and giving old recordings a new lease of life.
I am very thankful that all GRN overseas staff were well and the time of writing and the majority were staying at home according to government directions. Some work from home. Some go to the office as usual. Some are just waiting it out. We have heard no reports of emergencies amongst them.
We are concerned for our people in nations with few resources and little health care. We have people in Africa, Asia and Latin America - please pray for them. Many countries are experiencing significant inflation and shortages as people buy extra food in preparation for lock down and in the midst of uncertainty.
The apostle James wrote in chapter two, verse 14-18: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
As an expression of love and solidarity, we are preparing to help GRN workers and volunteers in need during this crisis. If you would like to join us and help our people at this difficult time please make a donation marked: Covid Relief. Any excess funds will be used to replenish GRN's emergency fund and for overseas staff support.
Our USA office is facing unexpected challenges as their move to Arizona has coincided with current events. Please pray for them as everything is more difficult with stay at home orders in effect in both states.
As you pray please also pray for revival. Pray for the good news to be proclaimed around the world. Pray for God's work in human hearts to bring conviction of sin, repentance, and saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Ask our Lord to guide people to GRN resources in their own language as they search the internet.
May our Lord bless you and keep you,
CEO GRN Australia