ALEX & RACHEL'S BLOG

Hello everyone! What a crazy past couple months it’s been. COVID-19 has had such an immense impact on our lives and ministry here.

For about two months, all churches nationwide stop gathering on Sundays. This shutdown a large portion of the work we did because our churches in the villages stopped meeting, trying to the leave the city was much more complicated, we couldn’t have our regular prayer or worship times, and we couldn’t have our leader’s training each week. As of now, churches are allowed to meet again but everyone needs to wear a face mask, must wash their hands upon entry, we are not allowed to shake hands, and the chairs must be set 1 meter apart from each other. 

COVID 19 has also had an enormous effect on the economy here. There was a period in our town where everything (except a few essential services) had to shut down at 1pm. That included all business owners – whether food or goods. Some people lost work or simply could not find any work. In much of the developed world, workers who have lost their jobs can get unemployment help from the government. But, in general here, there is nothing like that. 

A line-up to get into one of the banks in town

On top of that, many people here live, to some extent, day-to-day. Meaning that they cannot afford to spend a whole week or month in confinement because they would run out of food. During one point, the price of certain goods went up too, making the cost of living higher. The most notable item that went up was rice. The price of rice went up about 30-40% at one point. Most people eat rice either twice a day (lunch & dinner) or 3 times a day (all three meals) and so such a significant jump made things so much more difficult on people. In most of the country, things are starting to go back to the way it was before COVID because most of the cases seem to be contained.

A mother and her child from the milk program

So we have had some opportunities over the past few months to be helping people out more than before. We have done a mass giving (sending out food to a large group of people) and we have also been able to help people more on an individual level. But the need is really great right now. One day at our ministry centre we had about 22-25 people waiting for us to get help. We are trying to make sure that we help everyone as much as we are able to.

One of our sponsor children

Fortunately, we were also able to focus on other aspects of day-to-day ministry that would have normally been to difficult with our schedule. One of those things is that we were able to do some renovations to our home church that we planted here in town.

We are also excited to see that the kingdom of God still advanced in the villages even while we were confined to our city. All of our churches in the villages have resumed meeting and we even heard that there has been baptisms in at least 3 of the villages. So we really praise God for that because his advancing kingdom will not be stopped by a virus.

Last but not least, I am sure most of you saw or heard that we are expecting a baby this October. We are extremely excited but we also acknowledge that there are a lot of unknowns. As of right now we have no idea if this baby will be born in our city here, in the capital city (where there are better hospitals and resources), or in Canada. Ideally, we would love to deliver the baby in Canada and that was our original plan but now we truly do not know because the borders here are closed and so there are no regularly flying commercial flights. There are special repatriation flights that are leaving periodically but at the moment we are not even allowed to leave our city to go to the capital to catch one of those flights. And even if we were able to get to the capital, the prices for those flights can be very expensive – maybe 5 to 6 times more than the regular price. That all being said, our greatest priority is that Rachel can have a safe delivery and so please keep us in prayer as we weigh our options and wait for roads to open up.


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WAYS YOU CAN PRAY FOR US

1. For continued advancement of the kingdom even during this time when so many activities are cancelled.

2. For wisdom about ministry decisions that we need to make right now.

3. That God would open a door for us to go home in time for Rachel to give birth, if it is his will.

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GENERAL

Your general donation towards Abba's Home goes primarily goes towards feeding the poor, planting churches, paying school fees for children, sustaining the AHM building, and paying our employees.  

BUILDING THE MINISTRY CENTER

Our goal is to build a ministry center where we can hold worship services, teach the bible (or even have a bible school), house students/interns, carry out the milk program for malnourished babies, and help those in need.

SPONSOR A PASTOR

When you sponsor a pastor or missionary, you make it possible for them to focus on the ministry God has called them to and not have to find other work.  

SPONSOR A CHILD

Sponsoring a child is a great way to make an eternal impact in the life of a child. These children are either orphaned or abandoned and are under the care of Abba's Home.

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