“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23
For the last few months everything in the world has been pushed to the periphery. All is focused on the pandemic of Covid-19 and its prevention. Commerce and travel, the Global economy – postponed. My daily walks through the barrios of my city, greeting people with warm hugs, handshakes and kisses – postponed. Gathering with other humans, particularly for worship – postponed. Everything is about preventing the spread of the virus and the subsequent death toll arising from it. We are fixated on it, we struggle with it, we react to it in a variety of ways. And we track it. How many new cases? How many deaths? What does the graph look like now? As I write this note, the global total is 3.9 million cases and 270K deaths. It is serious and we should be concerned about it.
But Covid-19 is only one concern. For a variety of reasons, about 150, 000 people die every day. Every day. Some die of age-related issues. Some will die in a car accident or from a heart attack. Death is a part of part of our lives due to man’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin . . .” Every day 150,000 souls enter eternity. We do not typically track those stats. While some, by the grace of God, will enter into God’s presence, the vast majority of them will slip into an eternity separated from God.
We have taken drastic measures to counter the threat of the pandemic – and we certainly should – but do we, with the same focus and intensity, take measures (humanly speaking) to prevent a Christ-less death? Let us remember that every soul, every death is precious and that we should persist in our efforts to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the past two months we, here in Argentina, have been in a very strict quarantine. Our trips out the front door are short and utilitarian. We buy food, pay bills and, well, not much else. We have not gathered as a church for two months. Our car has not left the garage for two months. However, we have found many things to do at home. It has turned out to be a good time to reflect on our ministry to the Lord for Argentina. We are also learning to flex and utilize technology to stay in touch, have meetings and worship together – in a manner of speaking. Our immigration status is still in limbo. Due to governmental precautions, we cannot make use of commercial air travel until at least September 1st. This puts our plans to travel to the States on indefinite hold.
We thank the Lord that we are in good health. We have learned to be content with God’s will through all of this. We are thankful for your prayers and your support. While we are looking forward to our visit to the States when this is all over, we persevere in our ministry during these unusual times.
Your Servants in Christ,
Dave, Patti and Michael West
PRAISE the Lord
- God’s sovereignty (in control)
- God’s omniscience (has a plan)
- God’s provision
- God’s protection (safety)
- Lessons learned
- Technology availability
PRAY to the Lord:
- Safety through this pandemic.
- Continued progress in our Spanish.
- Ministry development in light of changing circumstances.
- A return of services that will allow us to make progress with the immigrations department and later with plans to visit the States for a mini-furlough.
Note: Please do not send packages to us in Argentina. We are unable to retrieve them.