Dear teammates in mission,
Greetings from Malaga. This pandemic is affecting all of us in one way or another. I appreciate all of you who have reached out and ask how I’m doing, as Spain is one of the most affected countries.
Cancellations and Zoom
Our events for the last two months and the next three months have been cancelled, including the Adelante resilience training, and three conferences our team was going to serve at this summer by providing care. We grieve these losses.
Yet, I praise God for being able to stay connected and continue serving workers with counseling, debriefing and spiritual direction through the Zoom platform.
It’s been a busy time. Our team and others in Novo are trying to help workers cope with the pandemic, first, by checking in with as many of them as possible. We have also facilitated workshops that help workers navigate the stress of the season and discern how to continue serving in their communities. In one of the workshops, we helped people assess how they are doing in the different parts of their lives (body, soul, mind, relationship with God, relationship with others) to encourage reflection.
I was also part of facilitating two online mini-retreats for Latina workers where we had worship, Scripture, meditation and small groups.
COVID-19 Resource Page
I have helped put together a webpage where our team gathered resources to face the pandemic. There are resources for spiritual rhythms, facing emotions and reactions, geared to families, and resources in Spanish. Take a look and share with others.
Our team continues to develop ways in which we can serve missionaries remotely in this season. During our team meetings we spend intentional time talking about this.
We have also continued recruitment efforts, and have had team calls with several candidates. I have agreed to facilitate a team that will think through and walk our team through transition as we receive new teammates, in the coming months, Lord willing.
We are also praying that borders will open so that our teammates Alex and Amy can return, and our new teammate Ellie and her husband James can move to Spain.
Come to me
The Lord has sustained me until now. Though I am a bit weary after two months of lockdown. And maybe you are, too. Meeting with people over Zoom is more tiring than in person.
Uncertainty goes on and on. And, I was very ready for getting out to take a walk. Thankfully restrictions are lifting in Spain. A few verses that have comfort-ted me in the last few months are,
“That Christ died for our sins…, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
How is the Lord sustaining you in this season?
Thank you lots
for your prayers and support!
Our SentWell team is able to continue serving missionaries remotely through workshops, counseling, etc.
- The COVID-19 resource page we were able to develop
- Good conversations with candidates for our team
- That our teammates Alex, Amy and Elli can come back to Spain
- Continued conversations and application process for candidates to our team, and our team transition.
- The people I am serving with spiritual formation, debriefing, and counseling
- My family in Guatemala as the virus continues to spread
- That my relationship with Jesus will continue to grow and sustain me.
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