GAFCON Chairman’s July 2021 Letter

Jul 2, 2021 by

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ and Members of the Gafcon Family,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and only Savior!

First of all, I want to thank all of you who participated in our global Gafcon Giving Day by prayer or by your financial gifts. Your generosity and faithfulness are greatly appreciated. Gafcon’s gospel witness has a vital role in today’s world. You are making that possible through your sacrificial gifts. Thank you!

Many of you have heard about or seen the evangelistic crusades with Billy Graham either in person or on television. One of his regular colleagues was George Beverly Shea, a Canadian born (in 1881!) bass-baritone singer who traveled with Billy Graham for decades. Because of the global TV audiences of the crusades, it was estimated that George Beverly Shea was heard singing gospel music by more people than anyone in history. One of his songs seems particularly relevant for us these days:

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
(In Times like these, George Beverly Shea, written by Ruth Caye Jones, 1944.)

Every day we are challenged with troubling news from around the world. Of late, there is a further complication from the global pandemic. There is a mutation to COVID-19 called “Variation D.” In addition, some regions are having a much higher mortality rate than others. Archbishop Laurent Mbanda has shared that a rise in cases has led to a new lockdown in Rwanda. Western Kenya and parts of Uganda are also being hit very hard.  Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba reports that Uganda is in the midst of a 42-day total lockdown. Archbishop Kanishka Raffel shared that Sydney has gone into a new lockdown and the borders are closed. India and Bangladesh are still suffering terribly as well. Gafcon Regional Secretary for the Americas, Bishop Bill Atwood, has reported to me that in his conversations and video conferences with leaders in South America, they are currently experiencing a devastating impact from COVID worse than any other region. While healthcare officials are divided on why the problem is so exaggerated in South America, there should be no division about what we need to do: we need to pray and invest in a relationship with Jesus Christ to be our Lord, Savior, and anchor, just as George Beverly Shea sang.

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