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Peter MillThought for the WeekIt Gets Better

It Gets BetterHello.

I work for a Chinese-owned company and on 16 March, they closed all their offices globally and asked the staff to work from home “for the foreseeable future”. However, last week, we got an email from the Chinese team that brought with it hope: the office in Shenzhen has now fully returned to work.

Another positive sign came from a former workmate who shared a note from her friend who lives in Changchun, China. “People are gathered in restaurants with friends and family. The elderly are walking along the river again. There are dancers in the park and children are playing outside. It’s such an immense feeling to know that, after two months, the end has finally come, restrictions have been lifted and we can move around freely. It’s such a relief”.

Even though we’re still in full blown lockdown in the UK, I find it encouraging to think that, in China, the tide seems to be turning. The fact that I have colleagues there brings it so much closer to home.

At times like this, the world needs hope. That is why, despite the fact that churches everywhere are closed, livestreamed church services are reporting record figures as Christians like me gather together in whatever way we can to celebrate the biggest symbol of hope the world has ever known: the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Why hope for the world? Because he didn’t die just for Christians and he wasn’t raised just for Christians. Jesus broke the chains of death for everyone.
All the very best,
Peter Mill
About the writer: Peter Mill is an Elder and the Missions Developer of the National Ministry Team of Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He and his wife Jackie are also the Pastoral Workers for Grace Communion International in Scotland and Ireland

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1. Thank God for how he is personally meeting you in your daily circumstances.
2. Pray for healing and protection for your loved ones.
3. Lift up essential workers like health care workers, grocery store employees, and many others who are sacrificing for the good of your community.
4. Pray for the health and safety of your church family.
5. Ask God how your congregation can participate in shining the light and love of Christ into your neighbourhood.
6. Lift up your local and national governmental leadership, asking God to guide their decisions.
7. Pray for wisdom and guidance for church leaders across our global fellowship.
8. Pray for the health and safety of the vulnerable populations in our communities.
9. Ask our merciful God to provide and protect those whose employment and livelihood have been affected.
10. Reflect on God’s faithfulness.

DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.PHILIPPIANS 4:6
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