In the wild west of Latin America, local missionaries face not only COVID-19 but other dangers that can unexpectedly surface.
Undaunted as they visit homes with the Gospel, provide food and medical care or educate children whose teachers the pandemic has driven away, workers from Mexico to Argentina are exposed to patches where the pandemic still rages.
“One of our missionaries was struck hard by COVID-19 because she suffers from other health problems as well,” the leader of a ministry based in Mexico said. “Despite that, she continues in her call to serve Christ among the ethnic groups.”
Several of the ministry’s workers in southern Mexico have been infected with the virus – including members of the leader’s own family.
“On several occasions, the police wanted to kill our missionary, but the Lord guarded him from all harm.”
“However, none of our missionaries has been discouraged, and they continue forward in the work that God has entrusted to us,” he said. “In some cases, rural towns have been closed and do not allow home visits of the families that our missionaries are reaching, but we continue to manage to visit all these families who need the Lord so much.”
As the pandemic closed schools, schoolteachers left for other areas, leaving rural areas already suffering from low levels of education without a way for children to escape the cycle of poverty. Local missionaries have stepped up.
“One of the areas that God has opened in rural towns is the education of children,” the leader said. “The support provided by Christian Aid Mission has been key to purchasing materials that are necessary to equip the missionaries so they can teach the children. This is definitely an area in which we must invest more, because it is a door that God is opening to bring the gospel to indigenous peoples.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray the Lord will keep Gospel workers safe from multiple dangers and will bless their efforts.
- Pray for God’s protection over new fellowships in dangerous areas.
- Pray for financial support to sustain new outreaches.