Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-6)
It is hard to fathom how quickly things can change. These are unprecedented times for us, with travel bans, impending quarantines and the social distancing that we are currently experiencing. You might be asking a number of questions: How can we encourage our sent ones when we can’t get to them? What about our plans for upcoming short-term mission trips? How can we care for our neighbors?
The Upstream Collective is committed to equipping churches, and believers alike, as we carry out the mandate to take the gospel to all peoples. That is why we want to offer three 45-minute webinars to help you answer some of the questions that you are facing.
These webinars are free, but you must register at the link below. We will email the webinar link to all registered participants an hour before the webinar is to start.
Caring For Your Missionary During This Crisis
Monday, March 23rd, 11 am EST Led By Nathan Sloan, Pastor of Sending at Sojourn Community Church Midtown, Louisville, KY and Director of Upstream Consulting
Description: Nathan Sloan will be addressing how to love our sent ones well during this time. How do you provide your presence, practical love and prayer support when chaos is happening on the field?
Adjusting Your Short and Mid Term Trip Plans
Monday, March 30th, 11 am EST Led by Mike Easton, Global Missions Director, Cornerstone Church, Ames, Iowa and Cohort Leader for The Upstream Collective
Technology and Mission During These Times
Monday, April 6th, 11 am EST Led by Caleb Crider, Co-Founder of The Upstream Collective and Instructional Design Lead, International Mission Board
Description: In a time of social distancing, technology can be an empowering tool for mission at home and around the world. Join us to discuss creative ways to share the gospel and make disciples among virtual tribes using the technology you already use every day.
As the body of Christ, we don’t hide in fear, but we take every opportunity to comfort those around us as He has comforted us. This is not a surprise to Him. We are not helpless, or hopeless!
Join us for the next few weeks as we discuss these important topics.