|Dear global family, friends & supporters
Latin America was already sick, even before the pandemic!
Latin America consists of 20 countries and its population (including the Caribbean) is estimated at over 650 million people. As the Covid-19 pandemic started to impact, this was just the newest of many challenges; but it immediately connected to one of the previous sicknesses which has been hurting the region for many years – corruption!
As soon as the pandemic started to spread in Europe, most countries in Latin America decreed a national emergency situation. Seeking to speed up the purchasing processes, governments immediately made bids and purchasing rules more flexible – which unfortunately opened up space for opportunists. Many countries are going into deeper debt, with their economies falling into recession and poverty increasing. If political leaders can prioritize their hunger for corruption, even whilst they know that their people are going to die because money is not reaching its intended purpose, what shall we (because I am a Latin American myself) put our hope in?
“It forces us to look for meaning and hope beyond this world”.
While this pandemic is part of the fallen world we are living in, it can and is being used by God to achieve His redemptive purposes. When we think of us as Christians, this pandemic is a trial that can shift our look from the attractions of this world, to the eternal glories of the resurrected Christ. It can re-orientate our desires so that, instead of wanting worldly things, we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matt 6:33).
This pandemic has reinforced our ‘death awareness’ and we have become more conscious of our mortality. Yes, it is a distressing thought, but when we combine this death-awareness with the gospel of the risen Christ who has overcome death, we can become more attracted to the resurrected life to come (see Phil 1:23; 2 Cor 5:6-8). We then realize in a fresh way that true life is only found at the foot of the Cross. It is that hope that will sustain us, whatever the future brings us.
Let us daily seek for strength and direction in prayer to be able to help people to find true life as we continue to do SU ministry across the world.