Supporters, we thank you

An update on the COVID-19 situation, and a message of thanks for our supporters.

Dear supporters

In the midst of all the change in our country and our world at this time, we want to say:

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. This means so much, especially in the current situation.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world, and particularly affecting the most marginalised and vulnerable people. But God is still at work and we have the privilege to continue serving with Him, even when it looks different to usual.

Many Interserve workers have chosen to remain in their country of service. Some are able to provide front-line health support. Others, even in lockdown, are able to stay connected with their communities and demonstrate their love and commitment for the long haul.

  • Interserve workers in remote hospitals in Asia are busy preparing to treat patients with COVID-19. They are sourcing or making PPE, training local staff in isolation procedures and setting up hygiene processes. One worker shared that she has been using her sewing machine to make face-masks for the hospital. She says she is slow, but every bit helps.

Some Interserve workers have needed to return to Australia, or have been unable to return to their country of service after Home Assignment. Even in these situations, there are opportunities to be a blessing.

  • One Interserve couple who runs counselling training has moved to offering counselling sessions by Zoom, which are very much needed at this time.
  • Another worker, who needed to return home for health reasons, had an amazing experience in an airport where she was able to help to calm people’s fears as they waited for flights.

We know that God is at work in the midst of this crisis. We sense that the world will change as a result, but we don’t yet see how. Our prayer is that in the midst of our response we will also be able to be present to what God is saying to us, not just as Interserve, but as a global church.

Please pray for attentiveness to the Holy Spirit’s leading as we seek to manage risks and take up the opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic presents.

Interserve has been working for over 168 years. We’ve seen many times of crisis. And in all that time, the one we’ve been very sure of is that we are in God’s hands. We trust him for the future and all that lies ahead.

We are grateful for your support in so many ways. Be assured you and all the supporters around Australia are in our prayers daily. Thank you for your partnership with us.

Christine Gobius

National Director

P.S. We are still here if you need to contact us for anything at all – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.