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April 2020【The LORD Watches Over You】

To my dear brothers and sisters in Christ: 

Peace be with you! My prayer for you is that, as the coronavirus pandemic threatens and thrashes the world, you will be kept safe from fear, as you entrust your life to our great and awesome God who loves us with an everlasting love.  

In Psalm 121, the psalmist says:

I lift up my eyes to the hills from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

In Psalm 91, the psalmist also says:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and
protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

How great is the refuge of God, that we may dwell in it! Those who put their trust in the Lord fear nothing, for we know God as our keeper, as our Lord who neither slumbers nor sleep, who is our shade on our right hand.

In this unique season of staying at home, as we cannot help but slow down, what have your days looked like? What if we used this opportunity to lay down our burdens and soak in God’s Word? Recently, I am encouraged by sharing from coworkers attending different churches who have used SOWIM multimedia resources to study the Bible together on the Zoom app. Did you know that on the first page of SOWIM Bible study workbooks, there is an access code that you can use at https://hk.sowim.org/en/online-materials/ and view the DVD content as videos online? Then using the Share Screen function in Zoom or similar platforms, your Bible study group can watch and discuss the videos together. We praise God for using our resources to build up His children in this perilous time. We invite you to make full use of what SOWIM has to offer, so that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit! Click Here to Order

This April, with any purchase or donation, you will receive our special gift of the month: The Book of Ruth Bible Study Set. Weighed down by desolation and without any hope, Ruth chose to trust in God and experienced a miraculous turn of destiny. May the story of Ruth encourage us all to trust God with our whole hearts. 

In destitute, Ruth chose to turn away from the Moabite life of idol worship and return with Naomi, her mother-in-law, to Bethlehem. Ruth begged, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:6) By choosing to follow Naomi’s God Jehovah, Ruth embarked on a new path of blessedness in her life. Likewise, may the journey of Ruth inspire you, in the midst of this pandemic, to enter deeper experiences of God’s protection and power to save!

At this time, we are excited to share with you a praiseworthy update: God has paved the way for SOWIM to publish Bible study sets for Ruth and Nehemiah in Nepali, for the edification of local churches and believers in Nepal. Not only do Nepali Christians lack the resources for learning Biblical truth, they are persecuted for holding on to their faith. We thank God for the team of missionaries including Brother Hou-Jian Yan who, in their burden for the people of Nepal, turned their vision and love into concrete action, by recruiting the translation team, headed by Ashish Sedai, and supporting the cost needed for this project. We invite you to partner in supporting this new initiative through prayer and financial support, “giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater” (Isaiah 55:10). We trust that God, who delights in blessing us in the fullness of His lovingkindness, will reward you for your offering! If you would like to donate to SOWIM, please click HERE

May our Lord Almighty cover you with his feathers and shelter you with his wings. May we be found faithful in praying for our generation and for all nations, cities, and peoples around the world. May we join in crying out for God’s mercy and grace to rain down on all the earth. 

 

Co-laboring in Christ,

 

Rev. Susan Chen

SOWIM Founder, President, and Lifetime Volunteer