In mid-June, I received a passionate request for prayer from Pastor Reynaldo Rubio, one of Timothy Two Project International’s indigenous National Missionary Partners in Peru.
In late August, I received an update informing me that he and other members of his family have all suffered from COVID-19. Though the worst is now past, they are still recovering from the effects of the virus. For that reason, and because the virus is continuing to spread in Peru, he has postponed teaching workshops he began last year. However, his spirit is undaunted because of his faith in Christ. Read the account of this experience in his own words below.
Reynaldo Rubio and his wife Nery
Hello brother Dan, thank you for your email and for your constant concern for us. Here is a summary of what has happened in these days.
More than a month ago I had the symptoms of COVID-19 and also my wife. The government came to my house to test us for COVID. My wife and my two children and my mother-in-law came out negative, but they were unreliable tests. So since I am a diabetic they gave me another test. The molecular test then came out positive, and in fact we are all infected. I have experienced symptoms such as fever, body aches, cough, diarrhea, and others. And for more than a week I have been in bed. Thanks to the Lord and his mercy I have been able to endure all of this and now I am recovering. It has not been necessary to go to the hospital, and the truth is that it is more dangerous to go to the hospital since the majority who have gone have not returned. So while at home I have taken the medicines prescribed by the doctor and I am much better, though of course with some pain. My wife and children have also followed the treatment, although my wife is a little more delicate. The Lord has been good to us, and we are still standing. But many of our acquaintances have departed for eternity.
Now I am recovering, but still with some care since COVID-19 continues to cause many casualties in our country. The country’s economy is just starting back up, but is still under the risk of weakening again because of the contagion. There are a lot of unemployed people. There is a quarantine, but only on Sundays, and there are still no services in the churches.
I want to thank you for the offering. Once again the grace of the Lord is manifested through you. We are very grateful to the Lord for our sustenance and this encourages us a lot to continue serving.
Regarding continuing to teach Timothy Two in Peru, there is still an impediment to travel within the country, especially to certain places where the contagion of COVID-19 has increased. Unfortunately the two places where I have taken the project – the cities of Chiclayo and Ica – are places with a high rate of infections and deaths. We are praying that the Lord will open the doors to restart our work in those places.
Thank you for being in contact with us. We will continue to pray for Timothy Two Ministry. God will finally do his work in Peru and everywhere. And our desire and our attitude will always be to serve him with all our hearts.
God bless you and your family.
Children of Reynaldo and Nery