One Heart and Two Suitcases
For twenty years, even on the brink of a worldwide pandemic, God has allowed Juan and Leala to represent Adelphos International (a Chilean missions agency) in the Caribbean. They frequently travel there with “one heart and two suitcases” bringing spiritual refreshment and encouragement to the hearts of 33 Adelphos missionaries.
During their most recent trip, which unfortunately coincided with the onset of COVID-19, Juan and Leala, along with a delegation of 15 people, watched once again as God provided for each need. They felt His care and experienced His provision as they secured their visas, made unexpected changes in accommodations, altered travel arrangements, incurred unexpected expenses, and changed ministry strategies. Even though their stay was shortened by five days, they were able accomplish God's will during their time in country. Juan said the inconveniences “are neither outside of the Lord’s knowledge nor beyond His purposes.”
The teams’ luggage did not just contain Bible study and training materials. Over 1,300 pounds of clothing, medicine, and toiletries were brought along to help meet some basic physical needs. Probably everyone who lives in your home has their own toothbrush, but that is often not the case with the families Juan and Leala go to visit. If there is a toothbrush in the home at all, it is usually just one for each family member to share. Tucked into that 1,300 pounds of “extras” are toothbrushes that are distributed and happily received.
Juan shared that the work of the Lord goes on in the Caribbean even with quarantine orders in place. It is made much harder without the benefit of the internet or online communication, things we take for granted here in the States. Despite the limitations, the missionaries on the ground communicate using their cell phones and print Bible study materials which they hand-deliver to their church family.
Along with Juan, we are thankful, as he said, for “...a ministry that is sure to bear fruit for the honor and glory of the Lord.” Join us in praying for God to give wisdom to the Caribbean missionary team so that they may find creative and fruitful ways to do His work during COVID-19.