It has been a very hard year for our missionaries. The pandemic has caused public worship in many countries to stop or be severely limited. It has caused many of our missionaries to change their focus and strategy to reach the lost. It has also delayed or stopped some from entering the mission field. Some of our missionaries have struggled with loss of financial support. Other missionaries have suffered from division within the church. Despite the many hardships that our missionaries have faced and will continue to face in 2021, they remain steadfast in their service to the Lord. They know that God will provide for all their needs, that He will never leave them or forsake them, and that His kingdom will grow.
This year's missions conference is going to be held March 13th-14th, 2021. It will be located at 3326 Archdale Drive Charlotte, NC 28210. While we will still have a weekend dedicated to missions, this year is certainly different than the past. With the on-going pandemic and difficulty of attendance we wanted to find a creative way to include everyone in this year’s conference. To do this, the SGPC Missions Committee requested that each of our missionaries record a 5 to 10 minute video that we could share with the congregation. We wanted to know how our missionaries are doing, how we can pray for them, and how God is working through their ministries. We have provided a secure webpage on our site to host these videos and we will provide our members with a secure passcode to view at your leisure. It is our hope that these missionary update videos will enable our congregation to have a further personal connection with each and every one of our missionaries.
In addition to the videos, we have also produced a booklet called The Missionary Guide. This is intended to be an informative booklet on each missionary that we support. It is also to be used as a prayer guide, detailing many prayer requests and praises from the last year.
Lastly, we hope that you will join us this coming Saturday and Sunday. Our Keynote Speaker is Rev. Carl Robbins from Woodruff Road Presbyterian (PCA). Pastor Robbins has been serving as the Senior Pastor of WRPC since 2000. In addition, Carl has served on the boards of crisis pregnancy centers, Christian schools, and seminaries. He has spoken to college groups, medical school forums, state legislative groups, seminary chapels and church conferences. His special passion is training pastors in developing countries, from Hungary and Bulgaria to Brazil and Peru. You can view his bio here.
On Behalf of the Missions Committee,
Bryan Klazinga, Chairman