It is with a great sense of relief and gratitude to God that we acknowledge the significant drop in the rate of COVID-19 positivity in our communities, and the beginning of the return to a semblance of life as it was before the pandemic. Many are now able to gather in public places, shop, and enjoy family reunions in a way that has not been the case for over two years. The widespread availability of vaccines, aggressive vaccination programs, promotion of good hygiene and effective health education have all contributed to this downtick in the positivity rate. As always, we want to thank the front-line workers who put their lives on the line everyday in order to serve our communities. We continue to encourage the application of safe and hygienic practices both in our homes, churches and other places of public gathering.
The word of God tells us in the book of Luke 21:9-11 “And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” 10Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.
As we witness the war in Ukraine, we are reminded of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ as quoted above. This war has led to the death of thousands of soldiers and civilians, maimed many more and led to the displacement of millions from their homeland as they flee for their lives. Our hearts break for all those directly affected by the war, especially those that find themselves in the thick and thin of it out of no fault of their own. We commiserate with those who have lost loved ones on account of this war.
As a people of faith, we are commanded in the book of 1 Thessalonians 5 verse 17 by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul to “Never stop praying”. It is therefore our duty to pray for God to intervene in the war in Ukraine, and deliver the helpless civilians who have been caught in it. We must also pray that He would give the world leaders involved, the wisdom and guidance to arrive at a truce and minimize the loss of lives. We encourage you to call upon God as if you were in the very shoes of those affected by the war, and send your support to them as you are led, through the various avenues available to you.
Lastly, we must look at the bigger picture, to remind ourselves that these are indeed signs of the end-times, and that the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to live in these last days with a confident expectation of His soon return. If you have never surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, it is impossible to face these days without fear and anxiety, since we are hardly in control of the unfolding events. In His words in John 14:27 our Lord Jesus says, “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid”. Yes, it is possible to live confidently even in the midst of the ongoing tumultuous world events, knowing that the Son of God, Jesus Christ is in control. If you are interested in having this real peace of mind and heart which our Lord Jesus has promised to those who put their trust in Him, you may contact us and we would be happy to lead you in a simple prayer of salvation. We also welcome you to join us for our Sunday services by 11 A.M in person and our Wednesday Bible studies at 7 PM on the zoom platform. We, of the Agape Christian Church family want you to know that we love you, and that Jesus Christ is excited about developing a personal relationship with you.
May God bless, protect and keep you,
Dr. Michael Nwamoh
COVID-19 Health Resources