OPORD FRAGO: Kingdom Men Leading in Emergencies
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7
Our President has declared a national emergency, one that impacts millions of families around the globe and here at home. Our Commander in Chief – God; trumps all and when things get hard is our place to turn for strength, courage, hope and peace.
Across our nation businesses are changing how they work, events are being called off, schools are closing, travel is being disrupted, and fear is rocking our nation. The enemy we are facing isn’t hiding in a bush, or burying a roadside bomb, yet the enemy is as dangerous and deadly. The coronavirus has been classified a pandemic by the world health organization. The number of people who will test positive for the potentially fatal virus remains unknown, but there are steps Kingdom Men can take, must take to protect ourselves and support the many people in our areas of influence.
The TJC mission is “Our Kingdom is at war. You were created for victory. The Joshua Commission disciples Kingdom Men”. This coming week we will be discussing specific actions that you should be taking. We will not be solely focusing on this virus; you already know to wash your hands and avoid large crowds. Please always be cognizant of the risks you take when planning activities and diligently prepare the conversation you have with your 8 year old, and the very different one you should have with your aging parents. We will be focusing on situations now and in the future, where we need to be nimble in our approach to serve our families and communities.
We have faced down enemies, foreign and domestic throughout our history, we will overcome. More importantly Kingdom Men will become prepared for the next set of challenges that come our way. Topics we will address this week are basic combat skills: 1) training in chaos to be calm in a storm, 2) how to prioritize and not panic, 3) practical advice for thriving in a storm (manmade or biological), 4) social distancing or flattening the curve, 5) financial preparations for crisis, 6) supporting the church body in crisis.
While social distancing is becoming a routine, this is an excellent time for you to perform buddy checks and checking in with those at risk, ensuring they have supplies, feeling healthy and are not isolated.
Please keep the national guardsman, first responders, and health care providers in prayer, as they will be taxed in the coming months and need our support and prayers.
Heavenly Father, we as a nation understand the turmoil that is upon us. We ask for your comfort in this situation. Some face deadly fear or monetary disruption, but we all face fear. Please keep this virus away from our nation and all our people. We thank you for your peace, your grace and your comfort. It is in your name, the blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that we say amen.