A wonderful blessing for me last year was meeting new friends even in the midst of the pandemic. God knows that I am very much a people person. Even when I travel, most of the pictures I take are of people not places.
Midway through last year, Jesus connected me with some Brazilians living in Winnipeg Canada for English lessons via Zoom. Our lesson times were some of the highlights for me week to week as I stayed home due to COVID. Jesus knows how much I love my Brazilian friends and even in the midst of the pandemic, he connected me with a few married couples in Winnipeg.
Studying online it is a bit more difficult to gage the impact meetings are having on a person. Visiting people in their homes or having them in person in my classroom is much easier to get a feel for how they are reacting.
Last Wednesday, I had my final lessons with the two couples. At the end of the second lesson, the wife started to thank me for our lesson times of the past year but burst into tears unable to communicate.
It was then that I realized what our lesson times meant to her. The shutdowns where she is living are much stricter that in my small Midwestern city. For her the shutdown experience is compounded by the fact that for her Canada is a foreign country and she has a only handful of Brazilian friends there. However, she cannot visit them in person, so she feels isolated.
As long as I am in this life, my desire is to represent Jesus to those who are suffering whatever the suffering may be.
Dear reader, let’s be the hands of Jesus in the midst of this pandemic.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.