August 2020 Update
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling……” Psalm 46:1-3 (nkjv).
Indeed God has been, and continue to be our refuge and strength. All over the world and all around us, fear gripped people from left and right. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused havoc to economies of the world. So many job losses and lives disorganized. In our country, the Education Minister announced that 2020 is a lost academic year, devastating news for primary and high school students as well as university students. But for us at En-Gedi, though our income has been much lower, we have not lacked and so far the last 8 months of the year 2020 has been the year we have been healthy the most since En-Gedi started 6 years ago. Glory and honor belong to our God.
We are all fine and staying safe – we do our best and God does the rest. We are thankful to God that the infection rates have been going down in the last one week and that recoveries continue to outnumber the infections. God is good all the time. We are all happy to also note that deaths are not as high as has happened in other countries and that most of those passing on have had other underlying health conditions. At En-Gedi, I opened up for the staff to take their usual offs, but still closed to visitors. We have a few children whose immunity is boosted by diet and sometimes medication, so we are extra careful. Otherwise, we are happy and enjoying each day that God gives us.
If you are reading this update, I believe that the Lord has been your refuge. It’s my prayer that He will conceal you in His shelter in these days of the adversity called Covid-19, and that He will hide you under the cover of His tent and set you high on a rock. I am thankful to God for giving me friends like you. Thank you for being part of my life and my service at En-Gedi through your prayers, thoughts, financial and material support. Let’s keep meeting at His Feet.
- Praise God with us for His providence (His presence with us, great health for all of us and meeting with our needs);
- Praise God for peace and stability all around us, despite the challenges of the current times.
Pray that some normalcy returns to the world to enable people to visit each other. I had tens of groups and families who wanted to visit us, but were not able to. I am very optimistic that the situation will keep improving and that we will be able to host visitors again.