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You Are Our Bright Spot

November 16, 2020 by The staff of The Upper Room (Nashville, Tennessee)

“Giving this year has been remarkable—a bright spot in a trying year. Because of you, and with God’s help, our ministry continues with confidence.”

—Steve Bryant, Publisher


Indeed, despite some challenges, the ministries of The Upper Room could not have continued to bear fruit without your support. In the midst of a global pandemic and racial injustice, together we were able to:

  • Provide Morning Prayer on Facebook Live to people everywhere who needed encouragement, a moment of grace, and an opportunity to connect, knowing we were facing the pandemic together.
  • Offer “Resources for Spiritual Wellness during COVID-19,” including eCourses and devotional material.
  • Respond swiftly to the murder of George Floyd by issuing a statement and providing a platform on our website and social media channels for voices and stories of change.
  • Expand the Chaplains’ Ministry to include sending donor-sponsored copies of the daily devotional to 135 VA hospitals.
  • Launch the Tagalog edition (the Philippines), which started with online distribution. The first printed issue was sold out a week after printing.
  • Celebrate the following devotional guide edition anniversaries: Portuguese-Portugal, 20 years; Korean/English/Japanese, 25 years; Indonesian, 50 years; Malayalam, 60 years.
  • Hold the first-ever international virtual Gathering for Emmaus Ministries. Nearly 2000 people registered from 35 countries.
  • Offer monthly sabbath time via Zoom for pastors and other church leaders to be spiritually renewed.
  • Give prayer and encouragement to everyone who posted a prayer on The Upper Room Prayer Wall.
  • Provide the daily devotional in other ways to our Braille readers when the May/June 2020 issue couldn’t be completed due to the printer’s temporary shutdown because of COVID.
  • Share The Academy for Spiritual Formation’s award-winning podcast to help leaders remain grounded in the midst of chaos, disaster, and fear.
  • And so much more happened by God’s good grace and your support.


We are grateful beyond measure. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Upper Room Staff

With deep gratitude, we say thank you to Rev. Stephen Bryant for his effective leadership as Publisher and 30+ years of service with The Upper Room. Steve will retire on December 31, passing the mantle to Rev. Kimberly Orr. Please join us in prayer for Kimberly, a pastor with a heart for all God’s people. You can learn more about this leadership transition here.


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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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