Over 10,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by beautiful blue skies and the imposing Peruvian Andes, Pastor Vidal leads a church that has partnered with Compassion for almost 18 years. He and his wife, Emma, say they have seen God at work in the community for decades. Still, not even his years in full-time ministry could have prepared him for what he thought would be just a two-week break from the activities at the local child development center, which serves 500 children.
Of course, the pandemic has stretched on much longer than two weeks. And Pastor Vidal and the center staff have had to get creative.
“We don’t see four walls anymore,” says Pastor Vidal. “The church has expanded; we went from 500 people gathering in person to 2,000 and even 3,000 people sometimes in our online services.”
Compassion has enabled Pastor Vidal and his team to continue helping the children and families they serve at the center during this crisis. “The church is still here, and the work is not over. We are praying for people, caring for and feeding people, counseling people, setting up our usual youth camps and retreats for the ladies, and training ministers. Virtually, we’re going to do it all. We keep on preaching God’s Word and meeting people’s needs. We’re not going to stop,” he says.
Pastor Vidal says he counts on those who work behind the scenes, the sponsors and the donors. To them, he has this message: “Thank you for being part of the Great Commission. Your generosity is an investment that will leave a legacy behind. You are investing in these children’s lives and their generations. May God reward you greatly. The work must go on.”