Coronavirus-Related Challenges in Mission Work

Markus and Ellen Steiger, Brazil

The coronavirus and the necessary government measures are also thwarting many projects in worldwide missions. A field report.

We’re living in an exciting world! At the beginning of the year, everything seemed OK, more or less. Then the coronavirus came…Many things are changing in no time at all. We had to cancel our trip to Israel with 94 people. A major prayer concern is the exchange rate. It needs to fall! National inflation is increasing.

After the difficult vacation months of January and February, there was initially a lot to produce. Praise and thanks to the Lord for that. One church had ordered 120,000 tracts, and we received an order of over 10,000 books for Angola. Some titles needed another print run.

We received an order from our city for over 45 Bibles. Since I (Markus) had an errand to run near that address, I decided to bring it over personally. Once I arrived, the man beamed at me, pleased that everything had been delivered so quickly. I asked him what he planned to do with all those Bibles. He said that he wanted to cover each one in wrapping paper, and put them on a table in front of the house. Then, when people came by, he would hand over one of these packages and say that this gift could change their entire life. What an idea! May the Lord bless and use this man, and allow this sowing of very special gifts to bear fruit.

The Robbery
February 19 ended somewhat differently than planned…At 10:30 pm, a man entered our house. Ellen was alone at the time, and he threatened her, armed with a knife. She had to give him her wedding ring, a necklace and other jewelry, as well as her cell phone and a tablet. He also took all the money from her wallet. Apart from the great shock and material damage, we are so grateful to the Lord that he didn’t do anything to her. Please pray for our safety!

Drastic Necessary Measures
In March, the mayor of Porto Alegre issued a decree that all businesses, factories, etc. (with the exception of supermarkets and pharmacies) had to close for 30 days. Those who disobeyed were punished with fines, closure of the business, and loss of their business license.

For us, that meant a complete stop of the printing press, just as the vacation break seemed to be coming to an end. All employees coming from abroad also had to stay at home. Now we’re having to use the internet all the more, as it’s practically the only way to spread the gospel and the prophetic Word. May the Lord save many people in this dark time the world is going through!

But what refuge we have in God! Psalm 62:8: “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Pray for our preservation, and especially for our financial situation.

Midnight Call - 08/2020

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