Benjamin Breeg*

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FIRST-PERSON: Why we do missions as a family

Once, my wife and I attended a lecture with our then three-year-old son. The speaker was a possible Nobel Prize candidate, and we were at a prestigious university. Our very extroverted son saw one of our friends quietly coming in late and innocently, but boldly and loudly, greeted her with an affectionate term meaning “auntie.”  The lecturer, a bit stunned, stopped for a moment and all eyes turned to us. Our son, the only child at the lecture, was smiling and waving to our friend summoning her to come. I prayed, “Oh God, what did I do by bringing him here? Help me!”

Amid pandemic, consider the persecuted church

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- COVID-19 has infected millions of people, and the number dramatically increases each day. Some have projected the total number of those affected worldwide will be in the tens of millions, with fatalities reaching more than 1 million. Sports have been canceled, jobs lost, schools closed. Terms like "social distancing," "isolation" and "quarantine" have become common vocabulary. Churches have been shut down for weeks, most without a date for reopening.