After the opening salvos of WW2, Churchill famously stated: “The Germans have received back again that measure of fire and steel which they have so often meted out to others. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” In the early days of this current war, many experts predicted a Russian victory over Ukraine. But after countless loss of life, unspeakable atrocities, five million displaced persons, and the devastation of entire cities, Ukraine has stood her ground and has bloodied her enemy into retreat.
But this is not to glorify the heinousness of war by any means. Our world has disturbingly changed, yet much remains the same as history repeats itself. This war will eventually end, but its end will only be the “end of the beginning,” which marks a new era much like post- WW2 or post 9-11 history. And in this new era, the church is called to the same mission, to proclaim Christ and his kingdom. But we must take care because the “Jericho Road” is no longer an optional detour for specialized ministries; instead, it is now the main highway where we must serve this river of humanity, our neighbors, in their time of need. And I am happy to say that God’s church is doing just that.