March 31, 2020
Dear Christian Leaders, Churches, and Followers of Jesus,
I need not tell you about the unprecedented times we find ourselves in at this moment. The COVID-19 pandemic in a few short weeks has transformed our lives and our churches in what were, up until now, unthinkable ways.
Some of our churches have moved online and we can be grateful that technology allows us to maintain some form of personal connection with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Others of us are finding other ways to connect and be the church in this moment.
It is my belief that in times of crisis the church should not cower away but should a beacon shining bright on hill. To that end I believe the church in this moment is called to a number of strategic and urgent responses, one of these being prayer. And in this time I believe it is more necessary than ever for the church to put aside the differences that have divided it and to join together in prayer for our nation and our province in this hour.
I have been reflecting often over these past days of God’s words to the nation of Israel in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
For the past 20+ years the Aaron Ministries Network has had the privilege to serve, encourage, and work alongside Christian leaders from just about every Christian denomination in the province. We feel that God has placed us in a unique position to issue a call to the Church in Nova Scotia to come together in this time of need for the purpose of seeking God’s face together in prayer on behalf of our nation and province.
We realize that some denominations, church networks, or local churches may already be engaged in initiatives similar to this and we celebrate and affirm that. It is not our desire to interfere with good work already being done. However, if that is not the case for you we issue an invitation to you, to your church, your denomination or church network to come together as the Church in Nova Scotia in order that we might together seek God’s face through prayer that He might heal our land, show mercy to our nation and province, give wisdom to our leaders, protection to our frontline healthcare workers, and strength to His church in this hour.
Participation in this initiative could take any number of forms but here is what we are suggesting you consider:
- Designate this Thursday (April 2, 2020), and each Thursday hereafter until further notice, as a day of prayer and fasting in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis.
- On Thursdays invite your congregation, your denomination/network, or all the churches in your city/town/region to pray corporately together in some form using whatever means you are already using to connect with one another (video conference, email, etc.). We will attempt to provide a prayer guide each Wednesday that you may choose to use as a guide.
- Each Thursday (starting this Thursday, April 2) at noon the Aaron Ministries Network will host a 45 minute prayer call on Zoom. Meeting ID 460-353-1686. Anyone with a heart to pray for our nation and province at this time is invited to attend the call.
We thank you for considering this matter and we look forward to partnering with, hopefully, many of you in prayer as we seek God’s face together.
If you have any questions please reach out to me. Also if you, your church, or denomination/network are planning on participating it would encourage us greatly if you let us know. Please email or call me using the information below.
If you are not familiar with the Aaron Ministries Network and would like to find out more you visit our website at www.aaronministries.ca. Please excuse the fact that the website is a bit outdated but it should give you a feel for the heart behind what we do.
Yours in Christ,
Aaron Ministries Network Well Leadership Team Chair