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MOST Ministries
Updated COVID-19 Response 


4/2/2020
 

Dear Friends of MOST Ministries,

I want to thank you on behalf of MOST Ministries for your prayers and continued support of the Ministry while we are doing our best to stay healthy and keep the Ministry operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To comply with the Michigan Governor’s work from home order for non-essential workers, our staff has been working from home since March 20th and will continue to work from home until the order is lifted.

During this unprecedented time of quarantines and international travel bans, MOST Ministries has had to make some difficult, but necessary financial decisions to keep the Ministry operating until the pandemic is over and short term mission teams can again travel to serve people in need and share the Gospel in other parts of the world.

While our staff has been working from home, we have continued the MOST Ministries’ time honored tradition of meeting together as a staff, each morning, for group prayer. But because of the pandemic, we now gather to pray by conference call. Because we know that prayer is powerful, each morning we pray for one of the mission teams on our 2020 schedule, one of the hosts (national church pastors and missionaries) on our 2020 schedule, a MOST Team Leader, a MOST volunteer, and others who are connected with the Ministry.

If you or a loved one has a special need right now, we would be honored to have you send us a request for our staff to pray over. To send us a prayer request, you can email it to me at: rmartin@mostministries.org OR submit it on our website’s “Contact Us” page.

In the meantime, we pray that God will keep you and your loved ones healthy and grant you His peace that surpasses all human understanding, during these very challenging times.


Your Partner in Ministry,

Ruth Richert Martin

Executive Director
 

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  Isaiah 26:3



 

MOST Ministries Temporarily Closed 


3/19/2020

Dear Friends of MOST Ministries:

Our ministry center & office will be temporarily closed from Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 5, 2020 in light of the nationwide effort to keep travel and physical contact with other people to a minimum, and decrease the risk of spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The temporary closure is also intended to protect the health of our staff, ministry center volunteers, and their families.

 

Our staff will be working from home during this two-week period.  Phone calls made to the ministry center will be retrieved and returned on a regular basis.  Additionally, employees will automatically receive, and will be able to respond quickly to, emails sent to their MOST Ministries email address during normal business hours.

 

As always, our entrance inside the exterior door on MOST Ministries’ side of the building will remain open 24/7 for eyeglass donations and deliveries.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Serving Him Together,

Ruth Martin

Executive Director



 

MOST Ministries' COVID-19 Response 


3/17/2020

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

Executive Director

 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

 

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