Travel and Tips
It is interesting to observe how fears decrease with a fuller understanding of the COVID-19 disease. Frequently when we share with others, confidence grows that God develops a shared understanding to overcome the pandemic. We learn together that the Creation structured by His Word obligates those with the breath of life to manage our relationships with Him, ourselves, neighbors, and nature to thrive. Some ministry partners we meet in the open air—others we inform indoors during lightly attended services that honor varying degrees of social distancing. We greet more by phone. In most cases, sharing current knowledge of the viral process helps all readjust lifestyles so that we each reflect the power, love, and sound mind of Christ rather than fear. We encourage some to incorporate the occasional use of chlorhexidine gluconate (Hibiclens®). This adds to our counsel shared in March. It is yet another tool that inhibits bacterial and viral transmission when we shop or greet others. Overcoming this crisis requires faithful people to double-down on their trust in a loving Creator. He is the one who gives us the Wisdom to face the unknown rather than mortals who tend to gossip fearmongering. As shared in our 03/14/2020 update, stressing out about things we cannot individually control only WEAKENS our human immune systems over time.
Prayer and Praise
- As of July 9, 2020, the Ivoirian Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 11,750 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 79 deaths and 5,752 recoveries, leaving 5,919 active cases.
- Our Ivorian pastor’s wife in Bondoukou has had a setback in her health. She seemed to be recovering well from a mini-stroke last year, but the family has taken her to Abidjan for evaluation.
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).