TFM Ministering during covid 

Basingstoke DanBasingstoke doorsBasingstoke town centre


Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.
(Matt 10v 16).

In the last month I have led teams to (Wessex Christian Fellowship) Basingstoke and (St Georges) Barnsley respectively. These were not ‘run of the mill’ missions; we adjusted to the unique challenges of Covid19 and its attending government guidelines right up until we arrived in the mission locations. Once there we dialogued continually with the hosting church leader(s) through the mission activities. Each mission started with a training that we concertinaed into the mission programme.

Basingstoke market stallWe were blessed with the weather; God sent us unseasonably bright sunshine which cheered us on when we had a challenging day. It was so much easier to do door knocking (socially distanced) in the sunshine. We got stuck in with all our usual ministries; door knocking, marketplace evangelism, praying for businesses, worship on the streets and delivering our ‘peace’ and ‘love’ cards. We also put out a lot of online material but often it was live services simultaneously live-streamed.

In both locations we had smaller teams than usual, but this gave us the chance to get to know each other and the local leaders and congregations at a deeper level. We bonded through the intense experience. Sadly, in Basingstoke two team members had to go home mid-week after their host’s daughter was ill for a day (almost certainly not Covid).

In both Basingstoke and Barnsley God is building trust and growing relationships for the sake of His Kingdom. Watch this space for bigger town wide and even area wide missions across churches and denominations. God has been very faithful to us, after very fruitful ministry. He has brought us home without infecting anyone or being infected with the virus. By God’s grace we only left the fragrance of Christ!