Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7
In times of trouble and uncertainty, we continue to come before God with our requests, needs, and fears – and we do so with thanksgiving. As we pause amid a tumultuous year, we invite you to join us in prayers of thanksgiving for God’s provision.
2020 has given each of us many reasons to fall to our knees in prayer. Many challenges have been felt acutely across the global ScholarLeaders Fellowship. Yet, even amid loss, uncertainty, and need, we see God’s faithful and sustaining hand.
As we look back on 2020, we give thanks for:
- Generous donors who helped schools and individuals to survive the first wave of pandemic shutdowns through our COVID-19 relief fund.
- Flexibility and innovation as ScholarLeaders and many Vital SustainAbility client schools have pivoted to online ministry.
- Technology that enables us to stay in touch from across the globe, even when we cannot travel.
- Leaders who persevere despite hardship.
- Faculty members who have learned new skills and adapted to online teaching, even as many have experienced pay cuts.
- Scholars who continue to make academic progress, even when schools and libraries have shut down and research trips have been delayed.
- Changed lives as our Lord Jesus Christ continues to draw women and men into the family of God.
We continue to pray for:
- Comfort for those who have lost loved ones. COVID has taken extended family and friends from many communities in the ScholarLeaders Fellowship.
- Healing and recovery for those who have contracted the virus.
- Provision for the ongoing needs of leaders, schools, and churches as we navigate the pandemic’s lasting repercussions.
- God’s people to continue to be agents of peace and reconciliation in times of anxiety and turmoil.
We rest in hope because we trust in the God who hears our prayers and cares for our needs, and whose love, mercy, and grace are abundant through Christ Jesus. We are forever grateful.