Dear Partners in Mission, I’m John Chan, Director of International Partnerships for CBM. COVID-19 has ravaged the world in the past two years. Millions were infected and thousands died from it. The global economy is rearing from the effects of lockdown and the resulting economic fallout due to supply chain issues.
We don’t know whether the COVID-19 pandemic will end in 2022, but we know the world, especially those who are poor and vulnerable, will be living with the adverse-effects of the pandemic for a long time.
Global poverty levels which were declining, spiked over the past 2 years; women who worked in the informal sector may never get to work again; children’s education in the Global South is setback by multiple years. In addition, CBM’s international partners, many of whom are churches and denominations, face the challenge posed by the loss of significant number of pastors and staff members.
And now, on top of that, the war in Ukraine is having a huge impact on the supply of wheat and energy to many countries, countries where CBM’s international partners and our field staff reside in.
Therefore, I implore you to pray together with me for our International Partners, our Field Staff contingent as well as our International Programs team as they seek to serve the most vulnerable in the world.