Beginning on Saturday, March 14, the trainees were released to return to their respective localities, dispersing them in order to better protect them from the COVID-19 pandemic. They were charged to follow all requirements and recommendations made by the governmental authorities where they would be residing as well as to continue in the proper social distancing and hygiene practices they were brought into during their time at the Training Center and in Training housing in order to, inasmuch as it depends upon them, limit the risk of their exposure to the novel Coronavirus. They were also entreated to ensure they settled in a situation where they would be able to continue in all the areas of the Training remotely. Once they had all been able to travel and get settled, on Monday, March 23, FTTA began conducting the Training remotely, including a robust, online learning platform and other training activities that trainees can carry out in close coordination with the local church where they are living.
We covet your continued prayers for the trainees in these days as they endeavor in the training remotely.
[last updated: March 31, 2020 6:00pm PT]
In light of the rapidly developing situation related to the COVID-19 virus and in consultation with the medical personnel, the senior co-workers, and the brothers overseeing Living Stream Ministry, we felt it was necessary to continue the FTTA online until further notice and ask all the FTTA trainees to return to their homes as soon as possible. There is a growing sense of priority, not panic, that we cannot disregard our civic responsibility to society to take measures, though drastic as they may seem, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It is most definitely wiser to err on the side of caution in this matter for the protection of our trainees and the recovery’s name.
Furthermore, as we know you share the same sentiment, we have an obligation to the Lord, to the families, to the leading brothers, and to the Lord's recovery, to prudently act in the best interest of all the trainees.
The trainees have been notified of this decision today as of 4:00 pm (PST).
We have asked the trainees to contact their families and the leading brothers immediately. We appreciate any help you could render to assist them with their transition. Also, realizing that some trainees do not have a current "home" or are international if you know of any willing saints that could host a current trainee during this period, please let the training office know.
Further updates will be sent to you as necessary.
As always, we treasure your intercessory prayers.
On behalf of LSM and FTTA,
As the world responds to an unprecedented challenge to public health, the well-being of the students in FTTA is more important than ever, which is why we have imposed certain restrictions in FTTA to preserve the health and safety of the students and the community.
Given the escalating nature of the COVID-19, we are taking a number of actions aimed at mitigating person to person and community spread. Many of these actions are the recommended steps suggested by the CDC and the CA Department of Health.
Immediate actions we are taking can be found here.
A full list of our interim policies and procedures can be found here.
More updates will be forthcoming as we continue to monitor the situation.