As of this writing, we have been under lockdown for 120 days. If we are “lucky,” this Sunday the government should announce the start of what they call our “smart opening,” a process of opening up a different segment of our economy in five phases. Churches were placed in Phase 5, which means that we will not be allowed to meet on Sundays until late August (church is not “essential” according to our government). There is arguing between businessmen who want to open the economy and doctors who want the lockdown to continue. I am thinking the opening is going to happen, because if not, we will soon be having looting and riots. Some people are under unbelievable financial pressure. I see people begging on the street as I have never seen before.
In spite of not being able to meet in person, we’ve been having online services. As I said in my last letter though, our ministry during this time has mainly consisted of raising money to buy food for the needy people in our church and the community surrounding it. By God’s grace and the generosity of family, friends, our home church, and a couple of other churches, we were able to give away over $6,000 worth of food to about 80 families during an 8- to 10-week period. It was a huge help to many. One lady said to me, “Bro. Osmin, if it were not for your help, we would be starving.” Another said, “The food you give us helps a lot. We were eating just twice a day to make the food last.” The need continues to grow. If you would like to help with this need, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This pandemic has opened doors for us. There have been people whom we have visited in the past who would not give us the time of day, yet after seeing our care for them during this crisis, they are now welcoming us into their homes. I have personally led 11 people to the Lord so far and hope to visit more homes as we are allowed to go out and about a little more.
Lastly, my son Juan is going to be going to Bible college (Hyles-Anderson College) this fall to study to be a pastor. He will be moving to the States next week (if there are flights available) and needs a vehicle to get to and from work. If any of you have a vehicle that you would like to sell at a decent (cheap) price, please contact me at the email above.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. May God bless you and use you.