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Laguna Chinese Baptist Church
July 9, 2020, 2:57 PM

This week I asked Jonathan Szeto, Senior Pastor of Laguna Chinese Baptist Church if he would share what he has seen the Lord doing in his ministry. I'm thankful I did, and you will be too as you read his encouraging insight:

Helpless. If I were to think of a word that describes how our world feels during this pandemic, it would be something like, "helpless." Keeping up personal hygiene, fastidiously adhering to social distancing, wearing masks, and minimizing exposure are supposed to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19. But there is nothing yet that eliminates this risk. Our society wants a cure and searches for a solution.

While the church may wonder what our Department of Public Health will say next, it is tempting to look around for solutions and comforts. But it is precisely in times of helplessness that we look upward to our ultimate hope in heaven. In Christ, helplessness is not hopelessness. Our hope is in the promise of heaven for those who believe. Until that day when our faith shall be sight, we can combat our helpless feelings with the hope that we have. Our help comes from our hope in God.

July 1, 2020 marked my one-year anniversary serving as the Senior Pastor of Laguna Chinese Baptist Church in Elk Grove. It has been quite a year for our three language congregations and our staff. We feel like our lives have been shaken to and fro by the waves of civil unrest and Coronavirus. But God is our refuge and our rock (Ps 62). As a church, we continue to care for each other. We drop off snacks and gifts to each other's houses. We bring Sunday school crafts for our children. Our fellowship and small groups continue to meet for Bible study and prayer. We are talking about things like racism and discrimination. We even broke the attendance record at a church member meeting. I am thankful for these things, even though we cannot meet like we did in the past.

In times of helplessness, we find hope from God by, "looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb 12:2). While we know that God is with us in every season, may our churches feel His presence more acutely during this present season.

Thank you, Pastor Jonathan. Your words remind me of Proverbs 16:20 – “He who gives attention to the word will find good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” May this be true of our lives!

Looking forward,

Pastor Ron Prosise

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