Argentina on Lockdown (God is not in quarantine)
We made it through that first online semester and we thank God that it was successful. During the break, the lockdown continued and we began preparations to go online again for the second semester. During the first semester we felt pretty safe as there were very few cases of COVID in our region, however, during the break, it did make its way to Gaiman and although we were only eight staff members here on campus, it made it’s way to IBP. Thankfully, only
two staff members contracted the virus. Our supervisor couple was sick for about two weeks but the rest of us managed to escape Covid’s grip.
In our absence, the staff held the fort but since we were already used to this lockdown life of working remotely, Eddie was very present and available at IBP even from California.
Following this emergency trip, we had to get ready for another trip that was actually planned. We are truly grateful for the staff that God has blessed us with. They are capable, hard working, and loyal and we know that they will take care of things when we are away. We have new supervisors, former students Juan Jose and Damaris. They joined us in January and are a great addition to our staff.
2021 is the year for our itineration in the states but this year things are scheduled differently than usual. Our time away has been divided into two shorter trips of three to four months each. This ensures that we are not absent from the Bible Institute for a whole year. In previous years, there was another missionary couple, the directors, who would be here when we were gone and when it was their turn to be gone, we would hold the fort. Now we are the directors and they have retired. This new arrangement is also allowing us to be home for the weddings of our children. Felicia in February and Jeremy in November. Two weddings in one year!
Felicia & Caleb
We’re already back from the first part of our itineration.
We were so thrilled to be able to open our doors and receive our students “in person” this semester.
your prayers or financially, we say a huge THANK YOU!