April 2021 – Update from Al and Lori

We got our vaccines! Second doses, minimal side effects and happy to do our part in helping to stop the spread of this virus. It was so nice to get back into church on Sunday after being away for over a year. Al is happy to get back into co-teaching in our small group. And we are so grateful that we are in a place where we were able to get this vaccine, as many are not so fortunate. Right now, we would ask you to pray for Alan Pinto who is currently in a coma and on a ventilator fighting for his life in Bolivia. Vaccines are not easy to come by in third world countries. Alan (named after Al) is 30 years old and the son of dear friends Mario and Eva. Medical costs for this family are staggering in that economy, and we have been able to raise some funds to help them. We are so encouraged by the love and generosity of God’s people.

Al continues to work with our neighbor and drive the bus when jobs come up. Thankful for these opportunities as we’ve had a few unexpected expenses recently.

I will be flying up to Chicago the end of this month to visit my mom. Finally able to use the ticket from last April that had to be cancelled. We are also planning a road trip for the month of July – Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon and Colorado (and all points in-between).

Peru is still not doing well in terms of Covid, so Al will not be getting back there until… well, we don’t know when. Not before September most likely. In our last update we mentioned that the Shipibo church has grown during this dark time, and they continue to make progress on the classroom construction.

Thank you for your prayers and support,

Al & Lori