Home at last and Grateful!
On May 18, our granddaughter Elizabeth Lucia Baird (Ella) was born. And, thanks to Covid and an Embassy shutdown in Peru, we got to be there! Our son, Colton, came in from Springfield, MO. For the first time in two years, we had all of our children together. We kissed our kids, snuggled Ella, ate Greater’s Ice Cream and thanked God for his blessings. It was a really good day!
A cup of "oxygen" in Jesus' name…
Covid continues to ravage Peru, which has the highest death rate per capita in the world. We know at least 40 people (mostly AG pastors and church members) who have died. So, we are grateful to be well and back in the U.S. Lima is still heavily restricted – with nightly curfews, mask regulations and laws against gathering. There are no beds in the ICUs and very little oxygen. The cost of a tank of oxygen, enough for one day, exceeds $1000 and families stand in line for days to buy less than half of a tank. So, in addition to food for families, we purchased oxygen and an oxygen concentrator. These enabled us to bring relief to many pastors in our region.
We celebrate the High School graduation of our son, Will. For years, he has labored by our side in missions. He's a great percussionist, Bible study leader and technician for on-line services. We're blessed that he will continue to hone those skills as part of the XA ministry (with Haidar and Nicole Shafei) at Kent State University (Lena's alma mater).