Matt and Helen Pope serve at Iglesia Providencia in Chile's capital, alongside mentoring local pastors.
Santiago has a population of over 7 million people but only a tiny proportion belong and serve in churches clearly proclaiming God’s word. At Iglesia Providencia, Matt is helping the pastor teach and train the church family to become a church-planting church. He also works with other pastors in the city, helping them to train their churches likewise.
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Hola! Life in Chile, like in the rest of the world, is being affected by the coronavirus. Only eight days after the children started school, they stopped again, as it is suspended for at least the next 15 days.
Chile’s approach is that people try to self-isolate to prevent an uncontrolled spread of the virus that may overwhelm the healthcare system. Please pray for wisdom about what this looks like for us. There are nearly 450 cases now but mercifully no deaths yet. The panic buying here has begun in earnest. We have enough to get us through the next couple of weeks. Church is set up for live-streaming, although we attended this week in person, along with a handful of others. The normal very physical greeting was replaced by a more British approach of nods and smiles. Please pray for a couple of very vulnerable families in the church with sick/disabled members, for whom corona would be very dangerous.
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