|Dear global family, friends & supporters
In a recent SUI Webinar that dealt with anxiety amongst young people, the participants were asked to identify “what is the most asked question among young people today?”. From Uganda to Australia, Malaysia to the UK, Ghana to Hong Kong, apart from the question “who turned off the wi-fi?”, their responses seemed to point in one general direction: “what is life was going to be like in the future?’, “when can we go back to school?”, “when will life be normal again?”, “what will happen after Covid-19?”. You could sense the worry and anxiety.
And young people are not the only ones asking these questions. Living in a city on the South East coast of India that is still under lockdown, it feels like the atmosphere is heavy with these questions. A 5-year old in front of her father’s laptop, is at school. An aged parent being taken to hospital whose children live abroad, is alone. A migrant worker not having the means to go home and stranded in the city, is forsaken. A lady selling flowers for puja (worship), is desperate. Young parents, the husband who’s lost his job and the wife who’s taken a 15% pay cut thinking of their little children, are forlorn. You probably have your own little vignettes as you watch the world around you.
This is a world that is struggling to cope, struggling with more questions than answers, struggling with uncertainty and fear. Paul in Ephesians urges us “… to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…”. Eugene Peterson’s version reads “…steadily pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love…”. We are brought hope as we hear some of the stories from SU Movements around the world, who are indeed pouring themselves out as they walk alongside those that are struggling.
As you continue to pray with us and for us as we seek to be servants to a world in need, we are deeply grateful for your friendship and commitment at such a time as this.