Every single one of us has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both here in the UK and across the globe. The NHS has strained to cope, the government has poured in huge resources, and the nation has been locked down, with fear, anxiety and uncertainty affecting millions.
CMF has also been massively impacted. As cases rose in March, our office closed like many others and staff headed home. We took the sad but inevitable decision to cancel our National Conference for the first time ever.We could have battened down the hatches and waited out the storm, furloughing staff and waiting for a better day. But as the crisis deepened, we quickly realised that now, more than ever before in our history, CMF's mission to unite and equip Christian doctors and nurses to live and speak for Jesus, is absolutely vital.
God has prepared us for this storm
Over the last three months, it's become abundantly clear that God has been preparing us in ways we could not have predicted to ride out the current storms, and beyond that to thrive as we support those on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis.
Our incredible National Online Gathering on 25 April engaged 900 people from across the UK and the globe - more than twice the numbers who would usually attend the National Conference.Throughout this whole period, CMF's relevance has been supercharged, as the entire nation sees the crucial role that doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers are playing, despite the immense stresses they face daily. For Christians at the healthcare coalface, it's provided incredible opportunities to strengthen and support each other to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
help us build for an uncertain future
There's considerable uncertainty about what the coming months hold. So we are looking intently to the Lord to guide us as we begin laying the foundations of our next strategic plan. This will start in January 2021 and inform where we focus our resources during the next few years. We'll be firming these plans up in the coming months, including at the AGM on 13 June.
When the COVID-19 crisis passes, we don't just want to return to 'business as usual', but to a new level of ministry that adapts to the needs, opportunities and unknown future challenges of the post-COVID world.
All these exciting projects will take significant time, investment and human resource, as we adapt to new technologies and train staff and volunteers.
please would you help us?