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LETTER FROM PASTOR BILL WILSON
MARCH 23, 2020
Thank you for your prayers, I’m home in New York! With all that’s going on globally with COVID-19, all of us here truly appreciate your prayers, support and encouragement you continue to show to the children, the staff, the ministry and to me personally.
I wanted to be sure you know what’s going on at Metro World Child and how we are handling this latest hurdle, and I wanted you to hear it directly from me.
This is a critical time for us all. Reports from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the local health care systems are being monitored constantly at all of our Sunday School locations around the world. It’s crucial that we are on the same page.
I know you all realize how important consistency and stability are in the lives of the kids and families we minister to. You also know when situations happen like what we all are experiencing now, we cannot drop the ball on this. There are over 250,000 kids every week depending on you and me; all of us. Now, more than ever, we need to bring the hope of Christ to the children we serve.
The methods may change but the message NEVER will. To comply with Government-issued regulations, we are modifying ways to continue to be effective as a ministry while operating on solid information. We are seeking God for guidance on how best to continue to advance the Kingdom as so many ministries around the world have backed off, some have even ceased to exist, please be assured that we remain committed in serving our MWC children by whatever means necessary. It will be a time of flexibility, creativity and innovation as we explore new ways to reach children with the Gospel.
What does all this mean?
- Metro World Child will place the health and safety of the children and communities we serve, as well as that of our staff and volunteers, at the top of the list!
- The methods in which we conduct our programs will be adjusted and functioning but will stay in compliance with Government-issued regulations and recommendations.
- Our ministry programs have not been shut down. Our teams around the world continue to excel in serving the children in a personal way, within parameters mandated to us. We are still developing and conducting Sunday School programs, building Sunday School trucks, writing curriculum and training interns. On top of that, we will serve the communities we are in by supporting the local authorities’ initiatives wherever we can just as we did for nearly a year after 9/11 here in New York.
- In parts of the world where there are heavier restrictions by local authorities, we are making necessary adjustments to ensure that our staff are able to be active, the Gospel communicated, and families are reached and served.
- As always, if there be emergency needs among our sponsored children, MWC will, with the combined efforts of our sponsors all over the world, meet those needs.
- MWC has set up a call center specifically for the children and families we serve, to provide prayer and support through this time and keep everyone connected.
- As a partner of MWC, please know that we care for you and your wellbeing is important to us. We will be calling you, praying for and with you. That really is the power of partnership! Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +1 718-453-3352 or your local office.
As I spoke to our entire worldwide staff last week, in John 20:19 we see the disciples gathered together in the house after the death of Jesus. Fear had overtaken them. The doors were shut and locked. Nobody was supposed to come in; they were trying to figure out what to do. Then, in the middle of their fear and doubt, Jesus appeared in His resurrected body. He came and stood ‘in their midst’. His first words? “Peace be unto you.” He spoke peace. Why? Because peace is what they needed at that moment!
Like the disciples, people everywhere need to hear one thing: Peace! So I share that with you today as well.
We are doing everything possible to bring and communicate peace to the kids and their families; I pray you will take that mandate as well. Continue to pray for us as we commit to carry His peace to those we’ve committed to.
I’ve been at this now for over 50 years. Robert Schuller once said something to me I’ll never forget, “Tough times don’t last. But tough people do.” I think here at Metro World Child we’ve cornered the market on having some of the toughest people in the world. They have made the decision to do whatever it takes to make a difference in the lives of those who need the peace and joy of Christ in their hearts. You all have made that possible for us to combine the strengths and anointing to carry peace to some places where it literally does not exist.
Together, through this power of partnership, we face today’s challenge head-on. We might have to do it differently, in different places, but we’ll get it done no matter what. In Jesus’ name!
Stay safe, and “Peace be unto you.”
Pastor Bill Wilson
Founder and Senior Pastor
Metro World Child
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Have you stopped your ministry operations?
No, we are still operating full time. Our teams around the world continue to excel in serving the children in a personal way, within parameters mandated to us. We are still developing and conducting Sunday School programs, building Sunday School trucks, writing curriculum and training interns. On top of that, we will serve the communities we are in by supporting the local authorities’ initiatives wherever we can just as we did for nearly a year after 9/11 here in New York.
How are you conducting the program?
We will modify the methods in which we conduct our programs and we will stay in compliance with Government-issued regulations and recommendations. We are preparing online material and online/mobile Sunday School services that we can provide to the Metro children around the world.
What happens to my monthly sponsorship?
There is no change to your monthly sponsorship. All payments you make will go towards the work of the ministry as per normal as we are not ceasing operations. We will adjust how we can share the Gospel with the children and families so as to fulfil what we are committed to do while respecting Government regulations.
Why has my gift to my child not been delivered yet?
Due to the different restrictions in each city/country, there might be limitations in terms of travel and face-to-face contact due to quarantines or social distancing. We seek your understanding if there are delays in this process. Please be assured that your gift will be delivered to your sponsored child as soon as we are able. You will hear back from your sponsored child with a thank you note.
Who can I contact to ask about my Won-By-One sponsorship?
Please contact your local office (information can be found in your sponsorship pack) or email us at email@example.com.
How are you assisting in your community?
We have communicated our availability to providing needed essential services (testing site, transportation, feeding space, triage space in case of dire emergency) to the local officials and disaster relief groups and will be ready to serve where necessary.
Are you still conducting Summer Camp?
We are still planning and preparing for Summer Camp 2020. Our teams are writing curriculum and preparing logistics, games and props needed to facilitate this program. We believe that with this pandemic, once we get the clearance to conduct camp, this will be the most important camp ever! More than ever, the kids need to experience the peace of Jesus and have the opportunity to draw closer to God.
We will keep you updated about Summer Camp as things develop.
How can I still send my child to Summer Camp?
You can make your gift through our secure online form at metroworldchild.org/camp. It is USD$275 to send a child from the US to a 4 days and 3 nights camp and it costs USD$85 to send a child from Kenya/Philippines/Romania to day camp.
Why am I not receiving physical receipts anymore?
During this time, we would like to do our part to help reduce the workload for USPS and any other carrier companies. Also, due to mandated Government regulations, we also have to adjust our operations and that will also cause an additional delay in any mail. We still provide the e-version of the receipts for anyone who has an email address on file. If you would like to ensure that we have the correct email address, please let me know what your email address is and we will ensure it is updated.
How can we pray for you (Metro)?
Please pray for divine wisdom as we make modifications to our program to ensure that we still do what we’re committed to do – bring the Gospel to these kids. Things might look different but as we’ve done over the last 40 years, no matter what happens, we’re going to make it work.
How can I help?
Should you feel led to help at this time, any gift you make towards our General Fund will be used where it is most needed.