COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

As we near the end of the first week of cancellation of group activities of 10+ persons, in compliance with the goals to “Stop the Spread” of the COVID-19, we continue to place our faith in the One who is not only able to heal all our diseases but who pardons our iniquities as well.

In Psalm 103 David has declared:

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,and all that is within me,bless his holy name!Bless the LORD, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits,who forgives all your iniquity,who heals all your diseases,who redeems your life from the pit,who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,who satisfies you with goodso that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” –

Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)

We urge all who read these words to place their faith in Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the life. There is salvation in no other. He is the answer to all that is truly wrong with us and with all mankind. Our need for forgiveness and a personal relationship with Him is even greater than our need for protection from the current pandemic.

May God grant you the peace of His forgiveness and the joy of His salvation! We urge you who know Him to express your love to one another in our family of faith, but also to love those outside of our family with whom you may not have become acquainted.

  • Share the love of Christ with them in acts of service motivated by love.
  • Proclaim the gospel in word and deed!
  • Pray for them specifically, calling, emailing, and texting them when possible.
  • Respect their personal space as a demonstration of love and concern for them.

I received an email from a lady in our church this morning who in signing off wrote these words, “Looking forward to a joyful reunion…“. What hope and what joy are in her words! During this time we will miss the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ, but soon we will be together again!

May the Lord encourage you and may He comfort you in Christ with the peace that surpasses human comprehension. To Him be the glory!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

In His matchless grace,
~ Mike Martin



Mike Martin serves as pastor, elder, and teacher at Berean Bible Church in Monticello, IA. He and his wife Susan hosted the church family in their home during its early years. For thirty years Mike has been a bi-vocational pastor.