Dear Nicodemus family, We hope you are all doing well. What an amazing 12 months we have had with many partner churches and organisations getting the necessary funding to be able to impact their local communities. A strong community is so essential in these unique times.
Charles Spurgeon wrote "Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity". We should not be moved but what we see or hear, with so much fear and panic going on, Let us remember God's words in 2 Timothy 1:7 For I have not given you the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
We've spent intentional time planning, preparing and praying for our strategic plan for the upcoming three years. We are excited, as a community of diverse churches and organisations, that we are able to meet the needs of the community. However in light of the growing global concerns and precautions of the spread of COVID-19, and upon recommendation of our Health Secretary, we will respect their decisions as the right ones and will continue to work with our partners, communities and stakeholders virtually, which means that you will be able to do this from the comfort of your own home, phone, tablet or laptop. The steps that Nicodemus will take to support you are:
- All meetings that we are running can be undertaken virtually through Teams or Skype
- Our Staff will be working from home but will be contactable during usual office hours
- If partners need any support or guidance as to how they can continue their projects in the midst of the pandemic, then they can contact Sophia Lipska, our Delivery & Development Manager, who will support them through this.
As we write this message, we are not discouraged: we know that God does his greatest work in the darkest of times. God bless you all through this time, and may we all continue to pray for each other; for our communities; for our families; and for all who are affected by Coronavirus at this time.
Alastair & Debbie Welford