This past week we had the pleasure of hosting Pastor Edison for a few days as he visited church partners in Georgia and Nebraska. Despite the challenges of COVID and several brothers and sisters being personally affected by the loss of family members, the church remains strong by the grace of God.
They've begun a young adult ministry, which is being led by Juan Camilo and Camila (a couple that recently got engaged and who you may have met if you went on the Generations Colombia trip!). This group has been meeting every couple weeks and continues to grow.
Sadly, Edison recently had his motorcycle stolen, which was his only form of transportation. This made it especially difficult to get his daughter Sofía to her appointments for her medical condition. But praise God, another believer heard about the situation and gave her car to Edison's family!
The church continues ministering to children and their families in the community through the foundation. Kids used to come every day, but they've had to change it to an alternating schedule with smaller numbers because of COVID. They continue giving out food and hygienic supplies to families in need. Because of changes in how Compassion International supports the center, the church now has to bear more of the load of finding funding, which has been very stressful. Please pray that the Lord would provide for the needs of this ministry.
Lastly, the church is currently prayerfully considering starting a second service on Sundays. Colombia has restrictions on the number of people that can meet at one time due to COVID, so this would allow more brothers and sisters to worship together on a Sunday. Please pray for God to give them wisdom and to continue strengthening the church in Santa Marta and causing it to flourish!