It won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is causing nervousness around the world. Our own UK Government has responded by tightening some rules, with devolved administrations following suit. Whilst this is a timely reminder to be wise and cautious regarding hygiene, there has been nothing implemented that adversely affects our operation in the open-air (social distancing
rules etc.). As a result, we are not at the stage where we need to reintroduce any Coronavirus measures. It is also worth noting that, as workers of OAM (staff and volunteers), our primary workplace is in the open-air and therefore the ‘work from home where possible’ guidance does not affect us. We must, however, remember that the increased media attention on another variant will inevitably increase anxiety in some
people and we must be mindful of this whilst engaging people on the streets. A verse we have quoted so often over the last 20 months still rings clear, ‘Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ’ (Philippians 1:27a).
We thank the Lord that this current situation does not hinder our gospel proclamation, especially during this advent season. May the Lord encourage us with many gospel opportunities as we declare the mystery and the meaning of the incarnation! Please be assured that we continue to monitor the situation and keep our response under review, yet, please also join us in prayer that gospel work in the open-air would not be interrupted as we have seen in the past.
10th December 2021