As 2020 comes to a close, most people consider the entire year a waste and are ready to put it all behind them and look to the good things ahead.
And although this year has been tough for many – from economic hardships and sickness, to divisive political battles and angst – yet again, God shows us His infinite power and reminds us all that He is still working.
In fact, during the pandemic, churches and Christian organizations got even more creative and found new ways to reach the lost – leading countless people to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and even saving people from taking their own lives.
With more churches entering the tech-age and live-streaming services, the Gospel is reaching households and meeting people where they are, literally.
Some people who never dreamed of stepping foot into a church are suddenly able to access a local church service from the comfort of their living room.
And while the goal is always to plug people into a church community and disciple new believers, getting them to hear the Gospel message is always the first step!
You see, it is often when we are walking in darkness and without hope that we long for something more.
COVID-19 has certainly produced fear and anxiety in the hearts of many – which is why now more than ever, Christians have an open door to point people to the everlasting hope and peace only found in Jesus Christ.
As a result people all around the world, especially those who have hit rock bottom, have come to place their faith in Jesus Christ.
Many non-believers are amazed at how Christians have remained faithful to God, still calling Him good, even during a pandemic.
The Christian Post reported:
“In Algeria, all churches were forced to close in 2020, fueling fears they may never be allowed to re-open. But God used broadcasts, featuring local Arabic-speaking presenters, to encourage believers and non-believers alike.
“I’m fascinated by your integrity as Christians, your faithfulness to your God, and also your sincerity to your traditions,” Rany, a viewer in Algeria told SAT-7’s Arabic channel. “You’re going to make a difference. Go ahead, Christians, you’re an example.”
Overseas missionaries have also been able to hold local Bible studies and home-church since many countries are not being allowed to meet in person.
And here in the United States, people too turned to Christ looking for hope.
Christianity Today reported:
“Back in the US, a volunteer at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) chatted online with a young mother named Brittany who worried that COVID-19 would take her life and her children’s lives. The volunteer offered hope and peace, and Brittany too accepted Christ.”
Praise the Lord!
Brittany’s story is just yet another example of the patience of God and His mercy – even during our darkest days.
While walking through the storm it can be hard to see the light, as Christians we can take peace in knowing God has already won the war.
Even during the dark days of 2020, the Gospel was proclaimed around the world, leading people to accept Christ.
So have faith, dear Christian and never stop praying.
While 2020 may have been a tough year here on earth – we know ultimately all of our work (that actually counts) is to make an eternal difference.
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