By sheer grit I am arousing out of total exhaustion. Deb and I contracted Covid on about Dec. 17th. My dear wife quickly found her way through the dreaded sickness in little more than a week. My situation on the other hand, was accompanied with fever, night sweats and zero energy. I slept for about 10 days. In my whole life, I have never experienced weakness like touched my body this time. I did go to the emergency room where they exrayed my lungs. The doctor released me with a clean bill of health along with being positive with the virus. Both of us are now free from the quarantine zone. The good news is that my energy is returning slowly. Doctors are suggesting that this process might extend for a month or so. Your prayers are appreciated and greatly needed on our behalf. Thank you!
An Update For the Last Quarter
One church plant experienced a pastoral change after losing their building. Deb and I preached there on SKYPE during countless occasions. We gave encouragement, teaching and altar calls. We participated in the pastoral transition and installation. During the same time, we held two weddings, two funerals and preached on Russian TBN programs. This Covid time required many leadership meetings. Questions abound as what to do and how to go forward. As announced in a previous newsletter, one pastor and his wife lost a son to a horrific tram accident. Their loss has turned into the worst kind of gut punch that parents can endure. They need your prayers and support. Funeral costs are more radical than here. If you want to send a gift to help them, please send it to LLIM and we will ensure its transfer. Thank you.
As most people already know, overseas travel to the EU and Scandinavia is not approved by the State Department due to new virus strains and costly restrictions. But ministry continues in ways that often feels second best. Yet our God blesses the occasion and does what only He is able. His word, truth and presence still melts resistant hearts and heals bodies. I can report that the gospel is being preached, souls are being saved with increased numbers. Christian businesses are being restored and gaining momentum that sustains. True missionaries always find ways to be relevant. The gospel is changing lives in the whole world just as it did the very day you heard it (Col. 1:6).
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