One challenge after another has presented itself this year in the ministry of Send Relief Puerto Rico, according to regional director Jonathan Santiago. Illnesses, including COVID-19, and the increased cost of fuel and airline tickets have determined whether volunteers and churches from elsewhere could travel to Puerto Rico to minister.
“One of our main responsibilities is to host mission teams all year round,” said Jonathan. “Uncertainty (such as the health of Send Relief’s staff and incoming volunteers) is always a challenge.”
Nonetheless, Jonathan said those same challenges are spurring members of Puerto Rico’s churches to a greater commitment to helping the island’s most vulnerable. “We have seen God’s faithfulness as more local churches and volunteers have stepped up to serve their own communities. We have also found new local partners to pursue other ministry opportunities, like fighting hunger, homelessness, and human trafficking.”
Jonathan asks for prayer not only for the health of Send Relief staff members but also for missions team members traveling to the island. Pray for the partners working to meet needs in their communities and for the local churches whose leaders and members are seeking God’s direction in taking the message of Jesus Christ to other parts of the world.