Dear Team Members, Team Leaders, Volunteers, and Faithful Supporters of MOST Ministries:
On behalf of the MOST Ministries’ staff, I want to provide you with an update regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and how MOST Ministries is responding to the current situation.
First and foremost, thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented, rapidly changing environment, and for your faithful support and prayers for MOST Ministries -- which are needed now more than ever!
As many of you know, MOST has always had an excellent crisis management protocol in place to ensure the health and safety of our short-term mission teams while traveling and serving in the foreign mission field. Our staff has been closely monitoring the outbreak of reported Coronavirus cases, as well as the growing number of international travel advisories and travel bans. The information we monitor, on a daily basis, is from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the WHO (World Health Organization), the U.S. State Department, and other reliable sources. As an added precaution for the safety of our teams, our staff is in direct communication with our international hosts (indigenous pastors and full-time missionaries) to monitor the situation in their respective countries, from the time they request a team until the mission trip has been completed and the team is safely back in the U.S.
Last week the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 ("Reconsider Travel Abroad") travel advisory due to COVID-19 outbreaks in several countries. Because of this, and after speaking with one of our long-time hosts who lives in Guatemala and also works for “Lead A Child” in Panama, we made the difficult, but prudent decision to cancel two short-term mission trips that were on our schedule to leave this month – a Medical Mission Team scheduled to serve in Guatemala and an Eyeglass Team scheduled to serve in Panama. Because the need is so great in the areas of the world where our teams serve, our hope and prayer is to reschedule all teams that may have to be canceled due to the Coronavirus and travel bans.
As we are made aware of new information that may cause us to reschedule any of the remaining trips on MOST’s 2020 schedule, we will continue to provide updates to the appropriate Team Leaders and Team Members to ensure that clear and effective steps are taken to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved. God willing, our remaining teams for 2020 will be able to serve as planned and, more importantly, will be able to share God’s love with thousands of people who are in need of hope that only the Savior of the world can provide!
It is our desire to see MOST Ministries continue to serve and share God’s love to a lost and hurting world this year and for years to come. Please join us in keeping those impacted by the Coronavirus and MOST Ministries in prayer; and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Serving Him Together,
Ruth Richert Martin
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)