Worker stories

October 2, 2020

“Yes” and “amen”

Written by Lea* | May 2020

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.

October 2, 2020

Some people are happy!

Written by Daryl and Jen Hoover | June 2020

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.

October 2, 2020

Redeeming the time

Written by Jonathan Bornman | June 2020

With all meetings and travel canceled, and much lower interaction with people, this has been a fantastic time of progress for writing my dissertation.

October 2, 2020

Life turned upside down

Written by Ben and Lena* | March 2020

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.

October 2, 2020

Grieving together

Written by Stephen Horst and Bethany Tobin | April 2020

Gathering at a time of social distancing felt incongruous, but in Thai culture literally camping out with the family at a time of bereavement is one of the highest values. 

October 2, 2020

Fundraising in the time of COVID-19

Written by Michael Clancy | May 2020

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.

October 2, 2020

Finding joy on a balcony

Written by Lucy* | April 2020

Our COVID-19 measures have been called some of the strictest in the world. Though sometimes at first glance our city looks lifeless, it is anything but. Life has just moved to the roof.

October 2, 2020

Dreams delayed

Written by Ted Smoker | June 2020

The challenge that the U.S. confronts is magnified for the people here in Guatemala. The transmission of the virus to the villages would be catastrophic, where many people already have compromising health issues. 

October 2, 2020

Do angels work for airlines?

Written by Dave Houser | March 2020

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.

October 1, 2020

Different ways to connect

Written by Austin Zuercher | May 2020

COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, Costa Rica was not an exception. I was given the opportunity to return to Ohio, but I decided not to.