As I said in my last update, these past months have been a lot different than what we had planned. But looking back, I’m thankful. Many days, it’s been hard and I’ve seen a lot of fear and suffering, but God. He has a way to turn terrible things around and make something good come out of them. I love to see Him do that. To take hopeless situations and fill them with hope. To take fearful people and comfort them. To take lonely people and bring them some encouragement and remind them that they are never alone. God sees them and knows what is going on and He has His people who will help them. I’m so thankful that we have been able to be some of those people during this time.
We are going full speed ahead with ministry. We have adapted a lot, but haven’t slowed down one bit. I’m so thankful for that. I have been put in many uncomfortable situations, many times in front of a camera. As you many know, I enjoy being in the background, where I am not seen. That is my happy place. If you place me in front, I don’t do so good, but like many others, I’ve had to adapt during this time, and I have, knees-shaking, sweaty palms and all. 🙂
We have had the opportunity to help quite a few families and older people with groceries during this time, either because they were isolated and couldn’t get it themselves or because they couldn’t afford them. Also, we’re been able to bring protective gear like masks and gowns and cleaning supplies to the hospitals in Craiova. We also made Easter baskets with some goodies for 3 of the hospitals just to show our appreciation to the medical staff. It’s been a blessing to see so many people praying for our doctors. Prayer is so powerful and encouraging. To know someone is praying for you makes a big difference. It makes me think of all of you who are praying for me and I’m so thankful. Please continue to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit because we are doing a lot of things that the enemy doesn’t like, so he sometimes hits back and that’s when yours prayers are like a weapon or a shield.
I’ve done many different things in my life but there are some things that I haven’t done before, like being in a puppet show. That was new. Also, I’ve been in front of a camera numerous times because as you know, we can’t have church physically, so we stream our Sunday services Live. We also make videos almost daily with different topics and different styles. We have interviews, devotionals, testimonies, children’s videos, biblical teachings and others. I’ve had to learn a lot about making videos and I mostly help with the design of the background and getting things prepared. Another thing I’ve had to learn is about zoom, as many of you have. But it’s been great because now I am able to see some of the other missionaries once or twice a week on zoom, which is a lot more than before. Times are definitely changing and I’m thankful that I’m able to adapt and learn what I need to learn to further what we are doing for the Kingdom. It’s so wonderful to hear responses back from people of how different videos have impacted them. Our prayer is that God would continue to speak to people through all of our videos, to encourage them, bring them hope and ultimately to bring them to Him.