Hard Pressed but not Crushed

Would someone please reboot 2020? Covid-19, murder hornets, cicada plagues, murders, protests, all have contributed to making this year one of the worst in memory.

Fortunately, here in Granada we have not seen the cicada or the hornets. But Covid is rampant. Like the United States only the famous deaths are reported. But families everywhere are being impacted by this disease. We are, according to many sources out of ICU beds in the entire western half of the country.

What does all this mean? Where will it all end? I simply don’t know.

But there are some things that I do know.

First, there are more people tuning into spiritual videos and websites than ever before. In times of crisis, people look for answers. They look for stability. The search for some way to make sense of it all. That is true here as well. I have personal messages on WhatsApp and Facebook every day from folks asking me to pray. They are asking me questions about God. They are seeking.

Secondly, this too will end. I know it’s not what we want to hear. We want specifics. We want details. I just don’t know. Only God knows. But I do know that one day we will look back on this and talk about the days of the great plague of 2020. If we read history, we realize that all of creation is cyclical. Human interaction, weather, even viruses come and go in this wonderful wacky planet.

Finally, if I know anything, I know that God is in control. Our faith is the only thing that will sustain us. Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians said,

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Cor. 4:8,9)

This is the promise we can hold onto. These are the words of comfort given us by a caring Father. In this thought, we can have hope. No matter what comes into our path, God is greater. We will not be crushed. We are not in despair. We are not abandoned. We will not be destroyed. Our faith will sustain us.

Please pray for all my Nicaraguan friends as we continue to pray for you.

As I said, Pastor Guillermo lost his aunt this past week and many other of people I know are sick or have ill loved ones.

This has not been an easy year thus far. That may be the understatement of all time. But we, like all those who have gone before us and suffered their own hardships and calamities, know that soon and very soon this too shall pass.

I love you all very much. Hang on to the hope that dwells within us all. Be safe!

Dios los bendiga

Jeff
Growing up on the mission field for most of my youth, I never imagined leaving the U.S. other than to serve on short-term mission trips. But, it was on one of those ministry tours to Granada, Nicaragua, that I fell in love with the Nicaraguan people and Uno Mas Ministries began.

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    1. Thank you Jackie. I hope all is well. I might be able to get out of country for a few weeks in July. Maybe I’ll see you then.

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