Serve with Us
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
As we began a new year in 2020, we had tremendous hope for a new beginning. We never anticipated that the year would bring worldwide heartache, loss, and suffering. We were caught off-guard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and deeply saddened by the stark reminders of systemic racial injustice. In spite of the intense pain we endured throughout the year, we were determined to Increase our Impact by offering ministry at a greater level. We prayed and protested in the wake of injustice; we enhanced our technological capability - therefore allowing people all over the world to worship from the safety of their homes; we mobilized voters for the election and encouraged citizens to participate in the census; and finally, we increased our outreach to the community through COVID testing and continuous food giveaways.
As we begin yet another new year, we recognize that some of us are feeling battle-weary and spiritually drained. Many of us have lost loved ones, sources of income, and even the sense of peace we held in previous years. Nevertheless, we declare that this is the Season of Reclamation and Restoration. In spite of the loss we have suffered, we must trust that God will allow us to reclaim that which was lost. Naturally, we will not be able to reclaim everything, particularly if we have lost those we love and hold dear. However, God has a way of blessing us unexpectedly, such that we are able to reclaim things that we never imagined. As God empowers us to reclaim that which was lost, He will likewise restore us in every way. He will take our anger and pain and restore us with joy and love. He will take our sorrow and depression and restore us with serenity and peace. He will take our communal frustration and division and replace it with unity, and mutual respect.
The Season of Reclamation and Restoration requires us to lean on God for strength and obey God’s instruction as He guides us. As we lean on God, He will do that which Peter reminds us of in his first Epistle: God will restore, support, strengthen, and establish us. As believers, we must trust that God can and will do the impossible in our lives, even after all that has taken place. Likewise, in this season, we must trust that the same God who is Emmanuel-God With Us, is the same God who will restore, support, strengthen, and establish us during this Season of Reclamation and Restoration.