*Update 3/20/2020: Due to safety concerns, this trip has been postponed until further notice*
Dear Current/Potential Impact Team Volunteers,
I wanted to take a brief moment to talk about the conversation around every dinner table…the Coronavirus began taking the world by storm first via news outlets and social media and now seems to occupy most conversations. This is now our globally reality, as virtually every country in the world has or is in the process of closing their borders. This is no small deal and we have sought to respond in an appropriately and timely manner.
The Coronavirus has and will continue to have a significant effect on our ministry. We have taken the steps to postpone all Impact Teams scheduled from now through May 31, 2020. All volunteers on these teams, departing before May 31, should have received communication specific to them earlier this week. Impact Teams scheduled after May 31 will be evaluated as the situation unfolds.
Humankind has a real need, and it’s not to beat the Coronavirus (though we can all agree we’re looking forward to the day that is true). Humankind’s REAL need is Jesus. The REAL need is salvation. While we have been temporarily limited from traveling abroad to expand this effort, let’s not neglect coming alongside of those close by who have fears, pointing them to the true source of freedom from fear. As Paul reminded Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7)
Do not forget that while this element of our work had been reduced, around the globe children are still meeting in regular Story Clubs to hear and be transformed as their life story comes in contact with the story that God has been telling since the moment of creation.
Please join us in prayer. Prayer for these children. Pray for those that are and will be inflicted with this virus. Pray for those leading the way to combat the outbreak. Pray for those that are living in fear. Most importantly, pray that God will be glorified in all of these things.
Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.
This March, a team of volunteers will help build a playground in Puerto Montt, Chile. Puerto Montt is the door gate of Patagonia, one of the most remote, inhabited and beautiful places on the planet. We will be building for La Viña church. They have a children’s ministry with over 200 kids and this playground will be a huge help in reaching out to the more kids and families near their location. Their vision is to reach the community by showing the love of Jesus in a tangible way and KATW is excited to join them in doing just that!
Local Partner Info
La Viña Puerto Montt is a Vineyard church that started 10 years ago from a home Bible Study at the Quinteros’s house and has grown greatly in that time. They are also reaching the community through a free medical clinic, an after-school program for adults that have not finished high school and a Safe Home for single mothers.