"A little more patience..." It may be that this is the encouragement everyone needs to hear today. People all over the world are facing one of the most difficult pandemics in history. We need to be patient.....to wait for the vaccine to take effect, the pandemic to subside, the variants of the virus to be controlled, everyone to be vaccinated, the infected patients to recover, etc. All of the above requires a little more patience.
This is the same for the family: everyone in a family needs a little more patience. In this pandemic, social activities have been reduced, or totally eliminated. The family stays at home most of the time - even to work, or take classes. This is a great challenge for many families. Recent statistics indicate that over the past year, 60% of Canadians have experienced mental health issues related to the impact of the coronavirus e.g. social isolation, economic instability, uncertainty of future, etc. Two-thirds of them did not seek help. As a result, domestic violence and many emotional problems have occurred in some families. All of the above requires a little more patience from family and family members.
Similarly, for the church and our brothers and sisters, a little more patience is needed. We have missed more than a year of in-person worship, fellowship and small group gatherings, and so on. Visitations and caring activities can only be done online, not in person. Funerals and weddings allow only limited attendance. We have no choice, but to accept all these restrictions which we have never experienced before. All this requires a little more patience from each brother and sister in our BAC family.
We need to be patient, nevertheless, we are full of gratitude. This is because BAC's ministries have not stopped. In spite of the restrictions caused by the pandemic, worship services, fellowship and small group gatherings have continued in alternative ways. Facing all these sudden changes, God raised up gifted brothers and sisters and the pastoral team, to start online worships together, and care for brothers and sisters in different ways. We are still moving towards the vision and mission, and the direction that BAC has set before. Even under the restrictions of the pandemic, the Mandarin ministry in Langley has stabilized and transferred to become part of the Mountainview Alliance Church family. The Annex rebuild project is also progressing smoothly with a construction firm being appointed. Construction work will start once the building permit is issued. The direction of discipleship is clear and firm. Training and promotions are undergoing. All these are laying an important foundation to prepare brothers and sisters to receive and participate in the Tri-city church-planting project in the coming year. When the church family is united in loving God and one another, God’s work will never be impacted or delayed no matter in good times or bad times.