Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
– Psalm 91
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings to you this morning post-hurricane from Camp Concordia. We wanted to get this out to you sooner, but with no electricity and spotty mobile coverage, it’s been a challenge. We are doing well all things considered and we thank you all very much for all your powerful prayers. Cleanup from Category 1 Hurricane Lisa continues here. We had lots of wind (up to 50mph), some rain and many fallen trees, branches and coconuts. Praise God we had no injuries or major damages on Camp. The major concern is that we’ve been without electricity and running water for the past day-and-a-half. We’ve been told they will be restored this morning. We’re praying that is true.
The morning after. Our apartment is to the left.
Most days, we spread the Gospel, plant Lutheran churches, and show mercy. But some days, it’s “Bring Your Machete/Chainsaw to Work” Day. Justin and Pastor Herb cleared 8 palm trees from nearby roads.
Authorities gave the “All Clear” to Belmopan yesterday afternoon. Members from our sister churches in Seine Bight and Valley of Peace appear to be all well, praise the Lord! The church in Seine Bight was used as a shelter for two households that could not make it inland. The church building in Valley of Peace, which was one of the closest villages to the eye of the storm, was also used as a shelter for those needing higher ground. Also available was the building in San Roman in the north, but we do not know if anyone has need for shelter there, though maybe with a rising river nearby, they will. It is nice to know the church buildings can also be used as a place of refuge amidst the storms. Two families we serve in Valley of Peace lost pieces of their houses due to the hurricane, so we are seeing how we can help them out immediately.
We encourage you to pray along with us as the efforts proceed. We are very quickly preparing for our bi-annual FORO meeting this weekend. Thankfully, the airport in Belize City is accepting flights today after being closed yesterday. We pray for safe travels for our visitors and a productive and uplifting weekend.
Thank you all for your continued love, prayers and support!