This year has been marked in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. With it we have all struggled to adapt but found new ways in which to operate. During the course of the past several months we’ve coined new phrases and re-popularized some old ones in describing our new experiences (eg: Quarantine & chill, flatten the curve, Coronababies, PPE, etc…)
Sports leagues have operated within large-scale constructed “bubbles.” But to some degree, we’ve all been operating in bubbles – sometimes in bubbles that have kept our closest friends and family apart. When you’re living in a bubble it can be easy to lose sight of anything not directly related to putting one foot in front of the other. One of these things, at least for me, has been the continued provision of God for The Dale Ministries, and for me.
I was reminded of this last when I had the opportunity to speak to another church community. The topic for the evening had to do with mustard seeds pertaining to our faith and to the Kingdom of God. In our conversation together I shared about all the ways that God has provided for us, dating back to March of this year. Here are some of the ways I mentioned:
- Unable to meet indoors, serving and eating lunch together, we received word that another local church had put together a fund to pay a local business to provide us with 75 lunches over the course of 6 weeks.
- Before this 6-week period was over, we were approved to receive 150 lunches/week from the city.
- Another church in the area began to make muffins for our Thursday Breakfast time.
- We received a massive (free) shipment of PPE from a Toronto hospital that enabled us to keep up our street outreach.
- We were approached by an organization that issues grants to charities and asked to apply – we were swiftly approved and this has given us real sustainability as the pandemic flares up once again.
Looking over this list is an astonishing reminder of the many ways God has and continues to provide for us at The Dale through open doors and unsolicited help. While many of us involved in church ministry have been focused on the lockdowns and other restrictions, it is crucial for us to see that God is still at work in the midst of a pandemic and will find a way to bring about Divine purposes even in the most difficult times.
I’ve also seen God’s provision on a personal level. While I’ll be moving to part-time hours later this fall (my fundraising currently sits just under $20,000/year with an aim to reaching $40,000), my wife recently applied (and was hired) to work a 1-year interim position with Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto to cover for one of their staff on maternity leave. The timing could not have been any better. As I continue to work towards this goal, I’m comforted to know that God is looking out for The Dale, as well as me and my family.