This year we have seen unrest, protests, a presidential election in the United States, war, refugees fleeing their homes and natural disasters happening all over the world. One thing all of us can agree on is that 2020 has been a memorable year. For the rest of their lives, most people will likely associate 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The novel coronavirus has affected every person on the planet, bringing different challenges to each life. For many, it brought economic disruption, isolation and depression. For hundreds of millions worldwide, who depend on a day’s income, the lockdowns brought severe hunger. Millions of children dropped out of school to earn some income for their families when their parents lost their jobs. Heartbreakingly, many of these boys and girls will never return to school, which will likely lessen their opportunities for a brighter future. As a result, the effects of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for years to come.

As believers, we know that God is sovereign. And, even in the era of COVID-19, He is still entirely in control. We may wonder why He allowed this global tragedy to happen as we see all of the negative impacts it has had on people’s lives. But, at the same time, we are also seeing people turn to Him, the only One who can meet their deepest spiritual and physical needs and restore hope in their lives.

His is the message of hope that is just as needed today as it has been for 2,000 years. The Good News is still the best news in history, and you and I are privileged to proclaim it to those who are desperate, hurting and searching.

Our AMG pastors, church planters, teachers and doctors had many plans for 2020 that were completely upended by the pandemic. Yet each one of our national leaders has creatively found new ways to help those in need, and that was made possible by your faithful and continued support. Food distributions, creative evangelistic and discipleship activities using social media, technology and medical outreaches have all been part of their revised plans, and they have made such a difference. God has used you to help them impact many lives and draw people to Him.

As we enter 2021, the effects of COVID-19 are still present and the needs caused by the pandemic are increasing at grave rates. People need food, they need medical care and, more than ever, they need to hear the gospel and find hope in Jesus Christ. Their spiritual and physical well-being is at stake.

The coming year will be a challenge for many people and ministries around the world, including AMG and all of our partners. But you and I can help face this challenge head-on. In this crisis, God is giving us a unique opportunity. Will you prayerfully partner with AMG to restore hope in the lives of boys and girls, and men and women around the globe in the name of Jesus?

Tasos Ioannidis

 

President & CEO

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