Life goes on with a new normal. Tourism is dead. According to some sources, 500,000 people are unemployed. Evening life has become a thing of the past as restaurants and stores close early for security sake. But the churches that have focused on Christ - well, they are flourishing with new unity and a deeper sense of purpose and unity. Our friend, Jim, just returned from 3 weeks of teaching and meeting with pastors in various regions. He was excited about the fraternity of heart amongst the pastors from many denominations. They were loving each other, praying together, studying the Word with renewed zeal. The suffering has drawn them together rather than torn them apart.
The economic pressure remains. With so many jobless, the churches suffer. The whole society suffers. The freedom of speech is stifled by fear of offending someone who might report you to the government. Medical services are limited because many medical staff were fired for having treated opposition wounded.
The Blessing of God school continues and is moving forward with a building program to construct classrooms for the upper grades. They hope to have space for all 5 grades so that students can all have class in the mornings. This will eliminate the need to pay staff for two shifts.
The Blessing of God farm is producing good crops of rice, yucca, beans, and corn although there was a virus that took out one of the plantings.