By Max Lucado [Sign up to receive the once-a-week free email devotional, An Encouraging Word from Max Lucado] There has been much discussion recently over what to believe. Are the coronavirus numbers accurate? Are the reports from other countries dependable? Dare we be optimistic about treatments and vaccines? Like you, I’ve struggled to separate caution from overreaction. There was one headline, however, that we can quickly discard. Don’t believe it. Don’t fall for it. The message just ain’t true. Here it is: “Easter Canceled.” The article detailed the sad reality that most church sanctuaries will be closed this coming Sunday….

Without the typical influx of volunteers, ministries revise their plans and experts fear a COVID-19 kink in the missionary pipeline. The sudden halt in mission trips has left some volunteers stranded, ministries scrambling for assistance, and missions organizations concerned about the inevitable long-term fallout of coronavirus cancelations. Each summer, Cru sends up to 1,500 college students on international mission trips and about the same number on domestic ministry assignments. But this year, the COVID-19 global pandemic is changing everything. Out of more than 100 Cru international mission trips once scheduled for this summer, “not one of them is going to…

Scripture Union evacuates beach teams, Hillsong raises money, and A Rocha explores the biblical response to the blaze. Every summer, hundreds of young Australians devote two weeks to running Christian programs for families and youth on the beaches of New South Wales and Victoria. But cataclysmic fires in southeastern Australia have interrupted the efforts of Scripture Union teams in the nation’s most populous states. Scripture Union has served in the Victoria beach town of Mallacoota for more than 30 years. But when teams showed up to the vacation town this year, the winds changed and the fires began immediately threatening…