Sunday, August 2, 2020

Greetings! I hope that each of you is doing well and staying safe during these ever- increasingly unusual times in which we live. Thank you for your support and for praying for me and the work God is doing in Colombia and throughout the world. Despite all of the craziness transpiring throughout the world, we continue in our upmost confidence that our Lord remains on His throne. He is still sovereign. He is never taken by surprise. And we can trust in Him always. He remains faithful in all his promises to us. And in that, we can rejoice.

Here in Bogota, we continue to be on lockdown—a shelter-at-home—with limited travel in the city. The section of Bogota in which I live is currently under a strict lockdown. I can only go out every other day for basic essentials and cannot go out at all between 8pm and 5am. Masks are required in public. Bogota currently has about 105,000 confirmed cases of covid-19.

Since most of my everyday work involves visiting people in their homes and since many of the people I visit are older and/or have multiple medical issues, I have been unable to continue my work as usual. I have done the best I can to continue working from home using phone calls, WhatsApp, and Zoom.

Please continue to pray for the “Corey” family I mentioned in my previous newsletter. It has been really difficult for them, but they are beginning to see a recovery from covid-19. I will be trying to get some more resources to them this week or the next depending on if travel is available to do so.

Please continue to pray for “Ted & Amy,” who are still dealing with covid-19. In addition to covid-19, they have several other medical issues and can’t receive treatment for those needs until they recover from covid-19.

A few weeks ago I was able to help out another family from Vaupes who is in one of the shelters. The daughter in this family, “Lucy,” had a new baby. I was able to get some supplies to them for the baby. Some friends of mine were able to contribute some items as well.

Thank you for supporting me with your prayers. Pray that the Word of God would speed ahead and be glorified (1 Thes 3:1) despite all that is going on now. Pray that God would use all of this for the spread of the gospel and the growth and health of His church.


Matthew 16:16-18
Simon Peter replied, 
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 
And Jesus answered him, 
“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! 
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, 
but my Father who is in heaven. 
And I tell you, you are Peter, 
and on this rock I will build my church, 
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Our Lord has promised us that he would build His church and that the gates of Hades cannot stop Him from doing so. A global pandemic cannot impede Him. He has given His church the Great Commission under the banner of His having all authority in heaven and on earth. He will build His church. He will do as His people go out into all the world proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them. The gospel will triumphantly go forth to the ends of the earth.

Satan will do anything he can to try to stop Christ from building His church. As the gospel goes forth to the nations, it will be in the midst of manifold trials and persecutions, ensnaring false religions and government restrictions. But the gospel of Jesus Christ will topple any barrier that Satan amasses against the knowledge of God. The church will continue to grow. The power of the gospel will open blind eyes. This pandemic is no exception. It cannot stop Christ from building His church. May that hope embolden us to be faithful to the Great Commission. We also go forth with the promise that our Lord will be with us always until the end of the age.

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