Letter to the CBS family
Dear CBS family,
Some church traditions don’t identify Easter as only a day but as a season which includes a number of celebrations. I have been thinking about what it means to live in the power of the resurrection.
The resurrection of Christ was a disorienting time for the disciples. Though Jesus had spoken about this, they did not grasp what had happened. Whether it was the women at the tomb, or Peter, or the couple on the road to Emmaus, or the disciples in the upper room, their experience of the resurrected Christ was unexpected, causing confusion and fear.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we also are disoriented because this has been so unexpected. We are wondering: when will the crisis end, what will the impact be on our lives, our livelihood and our income? What will the new normal will be? How will we relate to each other, in worship, in work, in our daily lives? The world has not experienced such dramatic change in such a short period of time.
The only way that the disciples could handle the disorientation was when they encountered the resurrected Christ. He is the One who calmed their fears, helped them understand what was happening, and gave them hope that there is a future. His presence reminded them of what He had told them during the Last Supper. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Because we have this hope and comfort in Christ, at CBS we seek to comfort others through the Scriptures which reveal the resurrected and living Christ. This is why CBS exists.
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. — 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
At CBS, in this early stage of the crisis, we are focused on three things:
- Continuity of CBS’s operations. All our staff are working remotely, with only a handful coming into the office occasionally to process donations, ensure payments are made, receiving and shipping of goods is done, the phone answered, and so much more. CBS has not stopped functioning.
- Crisis management. We have had to pivot very quickly in our fundraising, publishing, and programs. Pastoral care of our staff is our top priority.
- Ministry opportunities. Any crisis provides fresh opportunities for ministry. We are already seizing some of these and exploring others.
This is a time when CBS needs to be undergirded by prayer. We are grateful for the part you play in our CBS family. While we look forward to a new day, there is so much that needs to be done now.
My prayer for you is that you and your family will stay healthy and be blessed.