The ASA leadership has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. In this dynamic and challenging time, we want to be clear on the steps the ASA is taking to reduce the impact on individuals and our programing. The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear, so I begin this communication with a word from scripture that is repeatedly playing in my mind: Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The words of Psalm 91 remind us to be grateful to our God who is in complete control. In the midst of any chaos, God will be ever present and it is his wisdom, truth, and protection that we seek. My heart is breaking for the many ways this virus is disrupting the lives of our members and families, yet we trust in the Lord, knowing he will walk through this with us.
In light of this crisis, the ASA leadership is taking the following steps:
1. Annual Meeting–We are postponing the roll out of registration for ASA 2020 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego until May 1 or later. This will allow leadership to reassess the situation in six weeks.
2. Chapter Meetings/Events–We are recommending that all chapter meetings/events be postponed through May 1, 2020, in order to abide by the social distancing mandate. Local Chapters Coordinator Dana Oleskiewicz will be communicating directly with local chapter leaders regarding these new protocols.
3. Updates–We will be posting regular updates on the ASA homepage as new information becomes available. Please check there for the latest information.
We are keenly aware of the vital role that the members of the ASA are playing in this difficult and challenging crisis. Many of you are on the front lines in medical practice and research, delivering or seeking solutions, and living the daily pressure of solving this pandemic. Others serve in pastoral roles and are ministering to the marginalized in our communities. Now more than ever, as a network of Christians in the sciences, the ASA is needed in the Kingdom. We are a special community, and it’s imperative that we maintain this community spirit in this new world which has been thrust upon us.
May the Lord grant you grace and vitality as we press forward, in his name, for our important future.
Sincerely in Christ,
P.S. The ASA prayer committee met this past Friday and spent time in prayer on behalf of our members, the organization as a whole, and the world at large. Should you have any specific prayer requests at this time, please let us know here and we will be happy to pray for you. The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020, from 4–5 pm EDT, so please join us if you can.