For 16 years, the CAIS centre in Ijuí has been providing assistance to deaf children and young people and their families. About 10 million deaf people live in Brazil. That is almost 5 percent of the population. Most of them are very poor and never have the opportunity to learn how to communicate.
We’re not running out of stories. In June we again received dozens of interim reports from our many projects, impressively describing how our employees at all levels have made a huge difference in recent months. Here are some examples from India and Cuba.
The Social Center in Diadema (Brazil) celebrated its 18th anniversary – with distance, masks, and the desire to serve and help the many families in their area. The commitment of these employees is representative of how excellently our projects are adapting to the new situation and how important any support is in times of a pandemic.
“I praise God for the privilege of doing this service. We have many different problems every day but the joy of bringing children and whole families into contact with God the Father far outweighs all of this. To God be all glory.” These are the first lines of the last report by our PEPE coordinator Sônia Reinke from Brazil.
Following the death of the President of the Cameroonian Baptist Union (UEBC), Fréderic Ngaka Epoundé, on May 19th, pastor Linda Koroma from Sierra Leone also died of Covid-19 on May 27th. We pray for the families and mourn with the bereaved and the respective Baptist Unions.
Again and again these days we are receiving reports, testimonies, prayer requests, project applications, or brief information from the many projects we support. The suffering and the challenges are almost overwhelming in many places. At the same time, however, our missionaries are also experiencing how God acts and intervenes.