May 2020 Update
“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Is 41:13)
Greetings dear friends and co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard: A time like this, we need to hear words of encouragement like quoted above in the book of Isaiah. If you are reading this, then you have a reason to smile with the assurance of our God’s presence with us even in the midst of a deadly virus.
We are all fine and healthy and thanking God for each day. Even our girl Lucky whose eyes needed medical attention – and which we have not been able to access, has kept well. Her eyes have improved by just eye drops. I still plan to have her checked when we are able to move around again.
Since mid March when schools, Church services and all kinds of gatherings were suspended, and burials and weddings restricted to 15 family members, I also suspended our Therapist, all offs for my staff and all kinds of visitations. I brought in the extra staff who worked as a substitute to lessen the workload. I am grateful to God that we all have worked together and we all have been healthy and joyful. I have been the only contact between En-Gedi and the outside world. I do my best to keep safe and God does the rest. I thank God for all your prayers for us.
Before the end of March, I started receiving calls from people who wanted to donate foodstuff to us and because they could not visit us, they either dropped their donations by our gate or asked me to go pick up. I decided to start a journal entitled “En-Gedi and these corona times”. Going through this journal today is like thrills and spills; and it continues. There is even an entry from a phone call this morning. Many of the people who have called me for supplies or have sent me some funds have not been to En-Gedi. God works in amazing ways in supplying our needs according to His riches in glory. We have not lacked and we will not lack because we belong the owner of resources. I have missed Church and fellowship, but our Church has a TV station and our Pastor and evangelists have been sharing messages on YouTube.
Although Kenyans are getting tired of the dusk to dawn curfew and movement restrictions within counties, positive cases of the virus are increasing daily with the community mass testing. Deaths are however not as many and most of the casualties have histories of other sicknesses. We also have had about 40% recovery rate.