|Protests, Violence, and Instability
South America has become increasingly unstable over the last few weeks. Things first sparked in Ecuador, where the government removed some subsidies on public transportation. Shortly after that, similar issues developed in Bolivia and Chile. There have been million-person protests, police and military using tear gas and water cannons against citizens, shootings, riots, looting, burning, and more. In Bolivia, it resulted in the president resigning and going into exile. In Chile, though there has been significant pressure on the president to resign, he has refused – but has offered instead to work with opposition in the development of a new constitution. It will be a while before we really know how any of these situations will be sorted out. Meanwhile, a large strike is scheduled for Thursday in Colombia, where things could also become much worse.
For us, these situations present unique challenges and opportunities. We are grateful that all of our missionaries and ministry partners are safe. For so many, life has been totally disrupted, and the foundations of society have been shaken. Spiritually speaking, this can be a good thing, as people realize that governments, bank accounts, education, and family businesses can’t save them. But it has also caused a lot of suffering, particularly among the most needy. Public transportation has been unreliable, business have been shut down, and travel has been unsafe in many parts. The result is that many are without work and without access to necessary resources. Please pray!
At the same time, please pray for open doors to the gospel and for God by his Spirit to lead us into fruitful ministry.