“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” —Genesis 50:20
One of the most amazing ways the Lord works in our fallen world is by taking something difficult, painful, or evil and turning it around for His glory and the good of His people. Whether it is through personal wickedness like that of Joseph’s brothers or more general results of the fall, like the man born blind in John 9, God is constantly advancing His kingdom against our expectations.
This truth from Scripture is no less apparent today as believers face the challenges arising from the presence of COVID-19 both here and around the world. In the Philippines, for example, the population is enduring a severe lockdown which greatly curtails normal life. This includes all forms of education such as pastoral training at The Expositor’s Academy (TEA) where several of our missionary families are serving.
Like many schools, TEA began moving to an online format but then something unexpected happened. Sean Ransom, who leads TEA and our missionary team in the Philippines, described it this way: “Earlier this year, in the course of transitioning a preaching course that I was teaching in Manila to an online format, I picked up several new students. One of those men was from Myanmar. The pandemic forced him to return to Myanmar, but I offered to continue training him. In August, I not only resumed training him, but he brought eight other men from Myanmar along with him. Additionally, two new students from the Philippines have also been joining us.”
Sean continues to describe other online classes they have been able to teach with men from Malaysia and Pakistan. “I am excited by all the opportunities that COVID-19 is providing for the furtherance of the gospel and for training pastors and local church servants. By God’s grace, we are using these circumstances to teach people we did not know or have access to in the past.”
This is just one example of many from our missionaries that describes how the Lord has turned the current situation around for His honor and glory. It is a reminder to all of us to look for the opportunities the Lord places in our path, even when it seems things are going wrong.
Please continue to pray for our missionaries in the Philippines and around the world, especially as many of them endure greater restrictions and challenges than we do in the U.S.
Dorcas is an ACBC certified counselor. She studied Biblical Counseling for both her undergraduate...