During this time of change and uncertainity, no matter how things look or how we feel, we know that God is in control.
The main thing we want to let everyone know is that we are safe and healthy here in Brazil. We are experiencing many of the things here that you all are experiencing there in the US including stay at home orders and closures of nonessential businesses. Our team has also prayerfully decided to temporarily halt ministry in our rural communities. This decision was made mainly to protect those we serve with less than optimal health and lack of access to sufficient resources because at this time, there are confirmed cases in the city where we live, but no cases in these communities at this time . While it has been hard to stay away, we believe this is the best way to serve them at this time.
Our team is using this time to focus on our families and also for group prayer and Bible study online. One of our team goals for this year was for all the team members to begin learning English so Lisa and another bilingual team member have been teaching English online for team members.
Before Coronavirus arrived, we were able to complete two important trainings. One on Godly leadership and another with World Challenge in use of Community Health Evangelism (CHE), the tool we are using in community development. It was a great time of learning and fellowship for our entire team. We are looking forward to putting our new skills and knowledge into practice as soon as we are able.
Especially in this uncertain time, we want and need your prayers and partnership. We again want to thank all of those who currently partner with us. If you feel God is calling you to begin partnering with our ministry or to increase your current partnership, contributions can be made through CTEN, either online at www.cten.org/dalewhittom or by mail or phone at CTEN, PO Box 291307, Kerrville, TX 78029-1307, 800-872-5404.
Dale & Lisa Whittom