The nation has been gripped by the COVID-19 virus that continues to “gallop” across the globe. It’s a situation unlike anything we’ve seen before, and politicians, scientists, and doctors are grappling on how to “stop the spread.” Talks about vaccines, social distancing, and quarantines fill the airwaves, yet no one speaks of what the Bible says about national crises. What might national and individual humility have to do with this?
Rick Shabi was ordained an elder in 2000, and relocated to northern Florida in 2004. He attended Ambassador College and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a major in Accounting. After enjoying a rewarding career in corporate and local hospital finance and administration, he became a pastor in January 2011. Since then, he and his wife Deborah have served in the Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, churches. Rick served as the Treasurer for the United Church of God from 2013–2022, and was named President in May 2022.