Sleep is important! One of our friends recently moved into a different apartment, and her “new” mattress was so uncomfortable she could barely rest. We’ve been in the same situation, so we took her to look at the local equivalent of a mattress topper. Stuffed with cotton fibers, we’ve found these to be an inexpensive and effective way to get a few more z’s each night.
We are seeing the negative impact that the COVID-19 virus is having on the economy locally and worldwide. Jobs have been lost, businesses closed, and many people are suffering financially. It shocked me to see this once bustling cafe, where many of our team members have sat studying this language, or chatting over a cup of coffee with friends, has been closed down. Pray for us as a team as we seek meaningful and impactful ways to come alongside our local friends and help them through these difficult times.
This summer, a few of our team families went out of the city to a nearby swimming pool. We felt very welcome as we enjoyed time together, fresh air, and a chance to relax and enjoy this beautiful country.
It has been too long since we welcomed you to Green Mountains! While it was necessary to cancel upcoming short-term team visits, those decisions were made with heavy hearts. Our team anticipates the day when we can once again welcome visitors to this place.
Please pray for our team kids who are in Green Mountains, and for those in the US, as school is back in session! For some that means online school at home, and for others it means returning to their teachers and campus. Either way, there’s never been a school year like this one. Please pray protection over each child’s heart, mind, soul, and body as they study and encounter new opportunities and challenges.
“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8
I don’t know about you, but I mutter a lot of things during the day out of frustration and tiredness–especially in the last several months. My prayer for myself and for you, “Dear Jesus, may the cry of my heart and the words on my lips be these, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.’ Thank you that you hear my cries of lament. Turn my heart to you in all things and in all situations. Amen.”
Diverse topography in a small area is one of the reasons that our country is becoming a popular tourist destination. Closed borders, due to Covid-19, have dealt a blow to this growing industry. In some cases, whole villages have been affected as hotels, guest houses, tour guides, drivers, outfitters, and restaurants struggle to stay afloat. We look forward to the day when many people will once again be able to enjoy what God created in this special place.
Our family was enjoying a hike through the mountains on our summer vacation and noticed this sign listing a “Time Free Zone.” It made me think of the fact that during this COVID-19 season it has felt a little like a “time free zone” as things shut down, and many of us were forced into a new norm of a slower pace. One of the greatest takeaways for me during this time has been to make sure to cherish the moments and be intentional with how I use my time for His glory! Praying that each of us take advantage of the time He has given us to share the hope we have in Him with others.
Here’s a quick update on the virus situation in our country. Borders have opened to flights from 3 countries, but entry is limited, especially to those from high-risk countries. Visitors from countries of concern must be pre-approved for entry and must comply with a 12 day quarantine at a government sanctioned hotel, or have testing done every 72 hours for 12 days–both options are at the traveler’s expense. The government has extended the grace period for expired visas, which was a relief, since it would be hard to get back into the country if we left.
Case numbers have continued to be very low compared to most countries, and we are thankful for that. There have been some localized lockdowns in the past few weeks, but our city has not been affected by those.
Mask wearing in all closed spaces is mandatory, and there are many other regulations such as temperature checks upon entering shops, etc. Schools are set to re-open in September, and our Center has been given the ok to open once again. Thank you for praying–we are lifting you up as well!