Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. 

Here, in Ecclesiastes 11: 5, Solomon reminds us that there is a lot we don’t and cannot understand, and chief among them is the activity of God.  However, we need to remember that just because we don’t understand, or can’t immediately see the wise sovereignty of God, doesn’t mean that God isn’t accomplishing His purposes.  He is.  He always is.

The current crisis of COVID-19 is a vivid reminder that God is in control, and we’re not.  We make our plans.  God changes them.  We trust Him.  Difficult decisions have been made all over the world as people have had to make hard choices in the absence of complete understanding.  However, what is clear is that we must think and decide beyond ourselves and consider others – especially the vulnerable – more important than self.

So, as we trust our good God whom we can’t understand, and as we face an unknown immediate future, IBAC will be postponing our planned Bible Institutes for the months of March and April.  (Esquipulas, Ometepe, Ecuador).  Guatemala, the last week of April is very tentative, and we will make a decision on that within the week.  We have several Bible Institutes planned for May, and we will provide further communication regarding those in the days and weeks ahead.  As you know, things are changing daily and we’ll do our best to keep you informed about further postponements so you can adjust your schedule and life accordingly.

We have three men in Bolivia (Esteban, Kevin, and Mike) who are working on getting back to their countries of residence right now. Please pray that the complications of travel restrictions and closed borders will not prevent them from returning home to their families.

Thanks for your patience.  And thanks for the privilege and joy of serving our King together.  In the very first book of the Bible we see that our God brings order from chaos.  As His image bearers, may we find ways to do the same by being examples of selfless love toward others and calm confidence in God.