I recently returned from an amazing trip to Uganda with a group of 25 college football players. It was substantive, impactful, and encouraging. I hope you’ll read the report HERE.
Yet the world we left is not the world to which we return.
As you very well know, the COVID-19 situation is drastically affecting how people all around the globe are transacting life. Some are fearful, others are nonchalant, and most of us are in the middle somewhere, trying to figure out how to navigate.
In times like this I am reminded of one of my favorite passages in Scripture. It’s from the Old Testament, during a time when Judah is surrounded by three different nations, the threat imminent. When the king, whose name is Jehoshaphat, learns of the threat, he proclaims a fast and brings the people together, praying this:
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you…‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
If you’ve noticed, the recommendations from the CDC have changed often. What was true yesterday has been abrogated by a new announcement. The financial markets are in disarray, businesses and families are trying to navigate, and even nonprofits like Man Up and Go have more questions than answers. Does anyone really know the best way to contain the virus? Does anyone really know how this will turn out?
The truthful answer is, ‘No.’ No human being on planet earth can provide any real assurances for what the future holds.
Even so, at Man Up and Go, we want to be very clear about in Whom our trust rests – “…but our eyes are on you.”
While the situation is ever-evolving, we want you to know that we’re committed to trusting Jesus for the ultimate outcome and acting with as much human prudence and caution as we can. We look to our playbook, the Word of God, for how to handle COVID-19, since it is “everything we need for life.”
As such, we are following the current CDC recommendations and are listening to our governing leaders in accordance with Romans 13. This includes “15 Days to Slow the Spread” document and plan recently remitted by the White House and which you can read HERE.
As it pertains to Man Up’s primary programming, we are currently taking the following positions:
2020 Mission Trips
- Trips slated to commence after June 30 are still being treated as normal.
- Trips slated to commence prior to July 1 are currently being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Man Up 100 / Adopt a Family Programming
- Gatherings over 10 are suspended at least through the first full week of April.
- Services to our families will proceed with caution and prudence, albeit in a potentially limited fashion.
- Any volunteer who has travelled on an airplane in the last 2 weeks, domestically or otherwise, has been asked to self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period (symptom free) before volunteering.
- Anyone with symptoms has been asked to refrain from serving for the next 8 weeks (through May 9), unless otherwise noted.
- All volunteers have been asked to practice social distancing and use discretion regarding their movements.
Because of the fluid nature of COVID-19, please note that Man Up’s policies and procedures are a bit of a moving target. We appreciate your understanding with regard to the changes being made, and encourage you to check back on our social media outlets or our website for the latest news.
Finally, we would ask that our current environment not deter you from giving to the mission. If God has blessed you as such, would you consider making one of the following gifts during this time? I myself have been self-quarantining (no symptoms, just precautionary) after my recent travels, and this has made it prohibitive to visit with Champions and prospective Champions of the ministry to engender their support.
- Your gift of $1000 will put one man through our year-long Authentic Masculinity Program in Ethiopia or Uganda.
- Your gift of $45 will support one child with school fees, food, supplies, and clothes for one month in our Child Sponsorship Program.
- Your gift of $100 will feed approximately 1000 children in Super Saturday Feeding Program.
- Your gift of $25 will purchase one necklace from a woman in our Vocational Training Program.
- Your gift of $300 will support one foster family in the United States to help care for and meet the needs of a foster child for one month.
Thank you in advance for your consideration, and thank you for working alongside us to fight for the fatherless at home and abroad as Jesus commanded!
CEO, Man Up and Go