The COVID-19 virus is still causing chaos around the world. The wickedness of men and their hunger for power and control is on full display. Many facts are unknown or unclear; statistics and data are inaccurate or incomplete. All of this is a reminder of the fallibility of man, the deception that lies within men’s hearts, and comes roaring out when opportunities arise, and ultimately, the reminder that we are not in control. The good news is: God is in control, He is infallible, He isn’t confused, and all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Taiwan: Praise the Lord, we are still on the field. Taiwan has given two 30-day extensions which gave us an extra 60 days on our current visa-free entry. This means we now have until mid-July before we would need to make a visa run. Please continue to pray for the ban to be lifted. The island of Taiwan continues to have little exposure to the COVID-19 virus. It has been over three weeks since the last reported case of a person that was “locally infected” by the coronavirus here.
China: Praise the Lord, one of the pastors reported the salvation of a young man in China! Concerning the virus, some places are doing better while other places are still having many problems. Currently, one of the greater concerns is the resurgence of persecution. We were hoping that the pandemic would ease the persecution, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, the government seems to be taking advantage of the situation. One of the pastors has been called and visited by the police. He was even offered money to turn over evidence on our missionary work there. Also, we were informed through “a friend of a friend” that two of our pastors and a missionary was on an arrest list for a crackdown happening in May. They have been working to see if this is a legitimate threat and what they can do to get their names off of the list. There was some hope that two of the three names were off of the list, but we can’t be 100% sure. Now that May is upon us, please be in prayer for them.