As the United States of America celebrates Independence Day and as Canada has just celebrated Canada Day, I urge all of us to pray for our nations and our world. The United States and Canada have been blessed with liberty and prosperity. A significant reason is that our nations were founded on biblical values. Consequently, God has used our nations to help spread the gospel around the world.
We anticipate business as usual for General Conference 2020 with minimal impact due to COVID-19 restrictions. The State of Missouri has removed all statewide COVID-19 restrictions, and local authorities are expected to relax their restrictions.
During a worldwide pandemic and social turmoil, the church continues to have revival. For the Day of Pentecost, the UPCI offered special online services in English and Spanish. To date, we have received the following reports:
The UPCI Strategic Growth Initiative and the UPCI Evangelist Ministry are partnering to produce online worship services for Pentecost Sunday. These services will be available in both English and Spanish at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, Sunday, May 31, 2020.
General Superintendent David K. Bernard recently participated in a conference call with US Attorney General William Barr and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams regarding churches and the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference has released guidelines for churches returning to in-person worship services. With the commencement of the “Opening Up America Again” policy, churches should begin to look at how to return to in-person worship services.
General Superintendent David K. Bernard participated in a Wednesday, April 8 conference call with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Franklin Graham, and other religious leaders including Protestant ministers, Catholic priests, and Jewish rabbis regarding ongoing developments in the coronavirus pandemic.
The Apostolic Fellowship Summit is calling all Apostolic Pentecostals to prayer for our nation on Friday, March 27, 2020. The Summit is an annual meeting of the seven largest Oneness Pentecostal organizations in the United States, hosted by Urshan Graduate School of Theology. Leaders of these organizations will pray together via Zoom.
UPCI World Headquarters is providing support and resources to missionaries, churches, and constituents through its various ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time there are unexpected needs among our North American and global missionaries that we can help defray. We also have opportunities to provide assistance to our churches and families.
The Senior Leadership Team of the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) met yesterday, March 17, 2020 at World Headquarters in Weldon Spring, MO, USA, to discuss our response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
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