Do not be anxious…
There is no question in anyone’s mind that COVID-19 has greatly changed the way the world relates to one another. The uncertainty of how long it will last, what the long term effects will be, and if life will ever be the same again once the dust settles race through everyone’s minds.
Most social distancing measures have not largely affected our off-season months on camp. Work continues on many projects: the new camp chapel, finishing touches on staff housing, grounds work, etc. While the building materials last, we will keep working. Were it not for two canceled retreats this month, we could almost say all is normal.
The church ministry, on the other hand, has been greatly hampered. As many churches resort to live streaming their services, we have made do with texting a limited number of our church congregants. Many do not have access to reliable internet or even have the devices necessary for streaming. We aren’t quarantined, but visiting is frowned upon. Even the few times one bumps into a church member in town, they keep their distance and quickly move on. For those who are familiar with South American culture, this is not normal!
Each Sunday our family sings through favorite hymns, studies and discusses the Word, and prays together. We have encouraged the Church family to do the same, but have gotten little feedback. We look forward to the day when we once again can meet together for real body fellowship and service to one another. In the meantime, we keep looking and thinking of ways to encourage and edify the body from a distance. I think of the words of uncle George Black, former GMSA missionary now in glory, and I quote: “You can’t plant a church by remote control.” Pray with us that God would continue his work in the lives of the believers in Lican Ray and Challupen churches. May we be found faithful and obedient to serve His Church.
Throughout all the uncertainty and changes, Philippians 4:6 remains true and necessary “do not be anxious about anything.” We may counter with, “Well, Paul never lived through COVID-19!” To which his testimony quietly tells us how much greater his trials were than ours will ever be. Yet his reminder to not be anxious did not stem from a “head in the sand” mentality, but rather in the remainder of the verse directing our anxieties and cares to God’s throne of grace, not in a spirit of despair, but in one of thanksgiving!
Micah was heading to Idaho in May to work for the summer before starting Bible College at Appalachian Bible College in August. The airline canceled our May 6th flights. Our days are in the Lord’s hands and we trust Him to continue to lead us to make the right decisions.
Praise God with us for the work done on the new camp chapel. We thank him for great weather to work, and the strength and wisdom He daily provides.
Praise God with us for his grace during a time of uncertainty.
Pray for us and our co-workers on camp as we continue to work together to plan out our camp year, activities and projects.
We are privileged to partner with you in ministry. The Lord is faithful to call, enable, and sustain. We thank you for your prayers and financial support. We are humbled by your generous support to our family and ministry in Chile. in Christ,
Danny and Liz
Micah, Matthias, Morgan, and Madeline