The last two years have been such a challenge for each of us. They have brought uncertainty and fear. We have lost loved ones and tried our best to support others facing similar loss and grief. It has been a time of trauma. As I share what it has been like in Brazil, I would like to move into a time of reflection and prayer with you – of looking ahead together with hope for the future…
Leading Tearfund’s work in Brazil during this time has required me to know God on a deeper level. It was this that sustained me – I knew God was in control, and therefore I was not lost. I had hope. I have constantly been asking God to grant me the capacity to love and be compassionate on a deeper level towards those around me. And the more time I spent with God meant I was more easily able to share with others some of his love and hope.
I learnt how to connect better with myself and those around me. Every staff member in our team has lost a relative or friend to coronavirus. It was important to find new ways we could share compassion and love and to support each other in our healing process.
It was also a time to ask God for creativity and to imagine new ways of doing things – so that we were able to meet the needs of so many people who were suffering in our teams and across Brazil.
Before I say more, I want to thank all Tearfund supporters and let you know that your prayers have sustained us in these difficult times. I´m also thankful for every resource invested in Brazil. They have been used well, and lives have been changed.
The church is a beacon of hope
The spread of Covid-19 in Brazil was terrifying. Through Tearfund’s network of church partners, we were able to quickly respond. But the need was great.
Food baskets, clean water, face masks and hand sanitisers were delivered to communities. We also set up online meetings with church leaders to equip them in how they could be salt and light in the places where they served, by sharing accurate information on the virus to slow the spread and meeting their communities’ practical needs.