Posted by Mark Hanchar on 17 May 2020

Update May 18, 2020

Hi all!
We, like many, have been under confinement due to Covid. Our 2-month confinement ended a week ago, and we're now able to circulate on a limited basis. However, the confinement did not slow our ministry efforts -- au contraire!
From a preaching and meeting points-of-view, we subscribed to Zoom and began doing worship services online early-on, which will continue untio approval to hold in-person services is given. Our weekly Wednesday Bible study is also live online. During the confinement we held daily prayer meetings online, which included a brief message of encouragement.
The most exciting development during the period concerns the making and distribution of cloth surgical-style masks. My wife is a wizard at sewing, and she has taught other members of our congregation to sew as well. Typical sewing ministry projects include making cloth diapers for Africa, and sewing cloth bibs for residents at a large local care center.
Just after the pandemic began, Mary got patterns for adult and children's masks, and the team went to work. They make 2 styles of mask: one with a pocket to insert a filter, and the other simply 2 layers of cloth, all with upper and lower ties. Long story short, to date they have made and distributed free of charge over 900 masks. While most have been distributed locally, some have gone to different parts of France. This morning, we mailed some to a friend in England.
So God has opened new doors to share His love with others. All we try to do is listen and obey, all for His glory. See you soon with the next chapter in the story, and thank you for your prayers and support! They are appreciated.

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