SALUNGA, Pa. — On November 3, category four Hurricane Eta reached the shores of Nicaragua, and continued its path, wreaking havoc on Honduras and Guatemala. Torrential rain throughout the region has caused mass flooding, landslides, and displacement.
Teaching online is not a great way to be present with people. Many have expressed their frustration and are struggling with losing their sense of purpose. For me, I’m mourning the loss of what felt like great momentum with some students and friends this past year.
February was a month full of ministry in Costa Rica but in March it came to a screeching halt. Six Vida220 teams have been quarantined in their respective countries and Vida Missions teams have canceled for the summer.
Just like the rest of the world, our daily life was turned upside down. In the course of a week, several colleagues who were in the at-risk group hurriedly left the country before borders closed, Ben is leading the process of temporarily shutting down the business, schools shut down, and Lena is adjusting to home schooling our kids.
I must be vulnerable and say that I have had anxiety, not crippling fear, but worry for our family as we head into the last two months of our fundraising for support for our second term, years three and four as urban missionaries to the city of Lebanon, Pa.
After nine years in Thailand, we were planning to move to Pennsylvania in early April. As reports of an unknown virus grew into a major worldwide concern, flights from many places around the globe were being canceled. When it happened to us, we decided to book new flights and leave as soon as possible.