A pandemic has been declared in the world. These days we are constantly listening to the news to find out where the COVID-19 virus has spread. Borders are closing, trips are being canceled, schools are being closed, store shelves are empty…and there is little more than a month till our conference. We want to let you know that we are aware of the situation and we are monitoring its development. It is possible that we will postpone this year’s conference. IT’S VERY POSSIBLE that we will postpone it. But recently at a team meeting, we decided to pray and wait. We believe God is not surprised by this situation and that He is still in control! With this letter, we call upon you to join us in prayer for the world around us.
Someone recently put this quote on Facebook from Martin Luther at a time when the black plague was sweeping Europe: “You ought to think this way: ‘Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely.”‘ Powerful, isn’t it?
Dear Daughters of the King, we pray that you shine in these dark times. We should do everything in our power to protect ourselves and those around us. Don’t give yourself over to panic, nor judge those around you who are frightened, instead encourage them. Tell them God is in control. Help those who are older and at greater risk from the virus. Bring them supplies, call them, send them messages…We can show them our King through our deeds, words, thinking…We in the Balkans know very well how much a kind word, a smile, or when someone sees and meets your need can mean in a time when everyone is looking out for themselves. We can show the world around us what it means to be a daughter of the King. We can be brave, faithful, caring, and ones who bring hope.
Also, we would like to encourage you with a few verses of Scripture:
Psalm 139 – God knows your days. He created you. He holds your life in His hands. His timing is perfect.
Psalm 91 God is your refuge, you dwell in the shelter of the Most High. You are safe under the shadow of His wings. You fear nothing.
2. Timothy 1:7 God didn’t give us a spirit of fear. We are filled with strength, love and a sound mind.
Philippians 4:4-6 We don’t worry. We give everything over to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. He gives us peace that passes our understanding.
Psalm 46 – God is our Shelter. Our Fortress. He is an ever-present help in trouble. The Lord Almighty is with you right now!
We could list many more. Is there a verse especially helpful to you? Or a song that encourages you?
We pray that during this time you grow closer to God and that you get to know Him better. We will let you know about the developing situation. Many of you have already paid the deposit, which of course we will return in the case that the conference is postponed.
DOK Organizational Team
P.S. Maybe you want to listen to this song by Jesus Culture and proclaim it in your life