Good morning everyone,
Here is my second bi-weekly update on Vision Camp 2020 and what we are planning in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.
Not much has changed since my last update two weeks ago. We have not made any decision to cancel Vision Camp at this time, and we are in touch with Mohawk College to consider a timeline for moving forward. That said, it seems likely that we will have a decision on possible cancellation of Vision Camp by early May. This will be based on the ever-changing circumstances around the world and most importantly the best way to protect the safety of all of you and our staff.
While not much has changed in terms of planning since my last update, I can tell you that COVID-19 restrictions have increased for me personally. The kids are still at home. The airport is still closed. But now we have a curfew from 5pm-4am. I am only going into the office for work 3 times a week, mornings only. And I have to show my ID every time I go to the grocery store to prove that I live in the neighborhood that the store serves. My local grocery coop also scans my temperature before entering and gives me plastic gloves to wear while shopping.
On the plus side, my kids and I participated via Zoom in Washington's CBF and Main worship services. I thought it was pretty cool to worship together in this way. Honestly it was very encouraging to see many faces I haven't seen in awhile and to connect even in a limited way. I caught myself closely observing what everyone was wearing as they participated in worship from the comforts of their home. Impressively, some wore the full suit and tie. Others participated while covered in a blanket on the couch. I noticed many didn't turn on their video cameras to allow me to see them. I imagine they were still wearing their pajamas or didn't do their hair or both!
I pray you are all finding ways to stay connected to one another in fellowship (in line with social distancing guidelines!) and prayer. Sunday reminded me it is important to stay connected to one another as much as possible. With that in mind, it made me also wonder what's going on with you in your country and how you are dealing with the current situation. If you are inclined, I would LOVE to hear from you. Your stories, your thoughts. Messages of encouragement. Whatever is on your mind. Feel free to send photos too! What do you look like when worshiping at home? How are you passing the time? Here are some photos from a recent grocery shopping experience. (see below)
As always, you are in my prayers. Keep calm, pray, and wash your hands!