Abby Kirkham Iverson - Thrive Mission Update

March 2020


Thrive Adventures Update


My dear ministry teammates, 

This is certainly not my usual update that I had been planning to share with you all this month! As our world progresses into more and more changes I wanted to let you know what this all means for Thrive Adventures as well as offer some encouragement. Thank you to those of you who have reached out to ask how we're doing and how this is affecting our ministry. I am so grateful for your love and care!

As the country and world feel the effects of COVID-19, Thrive Adventures is also having to adapt and modify our plans. This week we had scheduled two three-day trips with guys and girls from a local high school. Our weeks of preparation came down to hearing last Friday at 2:30pm that all school activities were cancelled. It was disappointing news for sure, but we understand and completely respect the school's decision to protect its students and our community as a whole. At this very moment as I write to you, I would have been leading a group of 10 young women on our third hike of the week and discussing how Jesus perfectly embodied grace and truth. We pray that God would be working in this time and that these trips can be rescheduled in the future.

Many other events we were booked to lead activities for in the next few months have been cancelled or postponed. We pray for patience and peace in this time of cancellations. This month is really the beginning of our guiding season, what we have prepared for all winter. We now shift gears to considering how we can be servants of our sovereign God in this time of crisis. How can we provide resources and help people grow even when we can't physically be with them? Please pray with us that the Lord would open our eyes to see new opportunities in this time rather than dwelling on our disappointment with cancelled trips. 

Lastly, I offer this prayer and encouragement up for you all as well! I am so very aware that this time of change and confusion is leaving many of you frustrated or struggling. I pray we are all able to bring these things before our heavenly Father who cares for us and knows intimately what is happening in our lives. And that we are all able to see the opportunities to serve others around us in ways we've never had the chance to before. I pray we are able to see how God is opening doors for us to love and serve our neighbors in His name. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and financial support. I am so grateful and pray for health and wellness for us all in this time. 

                                                                                                   - abby 

P.S. There will be a more thorough Abby Update coming out soon! More immediately I desired to write a personal letter to you all. Keep your eyes out for that update soon!
"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."

Numbers 6:24 - 26
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abby iverson
director of operations, guide, & facilitator