Mission Field Update on the Pandemic

The pandemic is going full steam here. We’re not sure if we’re in the second or third wave, but it’s on the rise. Local media reports that IC units are working at full capacity, and two dozen are dying every day just in Recife.

Besides the government’s lockdown controlling public activities, they’ve mandated a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Our first worship assembly in July 2020 after lockdown began in March.

This new curfew means that we’ll have to temporarily cancel church assemblies at the building just as they were beginning to return to normal.

Everything will be done virtually. Schools that have classes on weekends, which had only reopened at the beginning of the month, have been shut down again.

One of our many online meetings through Zoom.

The vaccines are becoming slightly more available, with the age limit dropping to 75.

A few weeks ago, the church assembly on the Sunday of the weeklong Carnaval (Mardi Gras) holiday, would traditionally have been the smallest assembly of the year. Many members travel to get away from the pagan festivities in the city. However, this year there were none, thanks to the lockdown and we had good numbers attend. God can bring some good out of the worst situations.

One of our most recent assemblies before the new lockdown.
Brethren keeping safety protocols.
Mike preaching at a local church (city of Olinda) before the new lockdown.
Before the new lockdown, services were both in person and streamed live online.