I wanted to communicate with you from Okoboji about upcoming events with COVID-19 in mind. Our leadership will be careful, prayerful, and watch the developments carefully. While no changes have been made to upcoming events the information below will inform you of when to look for decisions on changes. Any changes would be sent out via e-mail, social media and updated on our website.
REGIONAL GATHERINGS: April 3-6
Currently regional gatherings will continue as planned. They are smaller in nature and pose very minimal risk with proper precaution. However, on Friday, March 27th, we will re-evaluate the current status of COVID-19 in the gathering areas. If we feel we need to cancel the gatherings that decision will be made and communicated on March 27th.
PREVIEW DINNER: Friday, April 24
The preview dinner remains on Schedule for Friday, April 24th in Arnold’s Park. We will monitor the status of COVID-19 into April and make a decision on the dinner by Friday April 10th. Expect any changes to be communicated at that time.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY: Summer 2020
I have had conversation with multiple employers in the area and exchange programs. Currently there are no changes. International students are planning to be in the area for work. The State Department has recently put a 60 day ban on the exchange program for precaution. That ban will expire before summer work.
Global Friends of Okoboji will continue in partnership with us to introduce International students to Jesus this summer. Any changes to this plan would be communicated upon confirmation.
OKOBOJI BIBLE CONFERENCE 2020: August 1-9
We, with Eyes of Faith, plan to gather in August to celebrate God’s goodness and grow in his love together. There are no changes at this time to Conference.
Changing and challenging times are not new. One Psalmist long ago wrote “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…..” (Psalm 46:1-2).
We will continue to live grateful for God’s very present help.
Be Blessed (and wash your hands)