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Glen & Julie Povey - Morning Star Ministries
During this time, the greatest prayer need is for those in the Morning Star congregation who have been impacted financially. Food is given out to those in need on a regular basis and this has increased significantly since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Donna West - CityKidz
With the gathering restrictions, CityKidz has not been able to meet every other Saturday as they were before. Home visits that leaders would make have now become phone calls instead.
CityKidz would like to deliver weekly lunches to the children and their siblings who would normally attend, as well as packages that will include a weekly activity sheet based on the lessons they would teach.
Alden & Kate Ludwig - Love Lives Here bus
At this time, the bus is not able to operate. The team are hoping to be back out on the streets in June as restrictions are lifted. There are many people and families who are facing incredibly difficult circumstances as lots of them relied not only on the food and clothing that was given out, but also on the prayer and fellowship they would receive. During this time, Love Lives Here have been sending food donations to Morning Star and plan to also join with the food distribution ran by City Kidz in May.
Sheldon & Candice Reid - Revive Church
Like Harvest City, Revive Church has moved their meetings online. They are continuing to minister to their congregation and have also been personally affected by the loss of a job during this time. Despite not being able to meet, they have seen the birth of a weekly prayer meeting online and also worship times with Sheldon over Facebook have been powerful.
Ted Seres - OneBook
In Cameroon, the crisis has impacted the community both positively and negatively. Positively, the translators are able to spend more time translating. However, the translators find it difficult doing testing in the community because the churches are closed.
The biggest fear is that as this escalates, the country and villages do not have adequate health care to address this. Cameroon needs much prayer as they deal with this virus on top of the political situation that continues to plague English Cameroon.
Peter & Irene Kasirivu - Africa Renewal Ministries
Pastor Peter has provided some videos below that give a detailed update on the incredible work they are still managing to do during this time. There has been severe flooding in the local area which has made this time of lock down even more difficult for those living there. However, God is moving in mighty ways through the efforts of Gaba Community Church and Africa Renewal Ministries.
All updates from Peter can be found on our YouTube channel - Harvest City Church Regina
Doug & Kim Paradise - Hidden People Ministries
Doug & Kim currently have no access to Myanmar or Nepal, with total shutdowns. In Nepal, two families cannot assemble and all transportation is at a halt. Doug & Kim would like to use video ministry to stay in touch with those they minister to while travel plans are on hold. The pastors with whom they work are confined to their homes and unable to minister at this time.
PB & Vimala Thomas and John & Rachel John - LifeLinks India
A national lock down was called as the concern is that once the virus finds its foothold in the villages, where most of their churches are, there will not be enough medical facilities to deal with the outbreak.
They have informed all pastors on how to educate their church members concerning hygiene to take precautions in the midst of this pandemic. Though they cannot reach their villages, they stay in contact and receive updates through telephone conversations. A few of their pastors are living in very remote areas, so at times even telephone conversations are not possible.
Some of the churches in LifeLinks India have been able to distribute groceries to many of the struggling families. The picture below shows the 5th round of groceries distributions from one of the Pastors which has meant more than 500 families have groceries for 10 meals.
An update from John and Rachel May 2020
We prayerfully began 2020 with definite plans and new strategies for ministry, but COVID 19 slowed down our plans. The most desired Pastor's Bible Training program which was to take place for two weeks in the month of April was postponed. Our major projects like constructing church building, digging community deep wells, land registration works etc. had to be postponed due to the pandemic. We trust God to grant our heart's desires in the best way in His time.
Also, we take this time to brief you with the reality in our mission field. Financial crisis, unemployment and hunger are faced by everyone around. People are running out of money. Our church members who are mostly daily-wage laborers, widows and landless laborers are struggling to get through these days. Amidst these struggles, the COVID 19 financial assistance from Harvest City Church was a great help. May God bless you!
The congregations that we coordinate are located in remote villages. There is a 12-hour power cut daily. Most of our pastors have phones that are not smart, and due to network problems, normal calls are also not possible. Entry into these villages are also prohibited, because of the lockdown. Occasionally, we are able to contact a few pastors and that helps us to share words of comfort and encouragement to them.
Amidst this crisis, we thank God for His unchanging care and protection over us as a family. Experiencing this wonderful God as 'Jehovah Jireh' is our greatest privilege.
Flo Sasser - Marshall Islands
During this time of such uncertainty, the greatest need to pray for is that the Marshallese Church would unify. Also, that God would give them innovative ways, primarily through online and social media, to minister to their churches and provide for their physical and spiritual needs.
Francis & Adrienne Mugwanya - Father's Heart Mobility
The monthly wheelchair distributions are currently on hold until the public gathering restrictions change. However, there are many vulnerable and at-risk people with disabilities who need aid. As most Ugandans live day to day without any money or food, this time has been even more critical for those with disabilities. They plan to provide food to families as well as financial support to local churches/foundations, who are also involved with feeding children and families.
July 2020 Newsletter Update from the Mugwanya Family
We are doing well! (although we still can't figure out how to rest enough) Any down time we have had with not doing our big monthly mobility missions has been filled by relief work, small distributions, church work, writing projects, planning next year's schooling and searching for land.
Adrienne and the kids have enjoyed some new weekly social interactions and summer fun! We've been going swimming, playing at a (closed) school playground, enjoying a (closed) library, and also doing music lessons and two online summer courses on astronomy and backyard bugs!
Thank you to those who responded to our plea for help in shipping homeschool materials here, we have navigated this "first" and some of our curriculum has already arrived.
We are continuing to give COVID aid. In June & July we gave 151 families relief food and we gave 2 individuals medical treatment.
Since churches and crowds are still restricted we have only been able to give a few people mobility recently. Enjoy the photos below of some of the recent mobility recipients!
Over the years we have mentioned the need for us to move our 4 storage containers from Wentz Medical Centre's land and now the time is really and actually here! They have started to construct and we absolutely must leave. Please pray that we can find the right location and right price. AND - please pray about making a donation towards this big project! We need to raise approximately 600,000,000 UGX (164,400 USD or 226,800 CDN) to buy an acre of land. Phase 1 is purchase of land. Phase 2 is construction of a workshop. Please pray for wisdom and provision.
And speaking of moving, we are grieving the loss of our family home in Canada as Adrienne's family decided that due to financial constraints they had to sell. We have enjoyed many special memories there and are trusting God for what is next.
Grace and peace to you,
Francis, Adrienne, Hannah, Elijah and Katarina