From: Edward Brice
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2021 at 13:49
Subject: Re: All Saints Missionary Gift
To: Sally Dowell
It’s great to get news from All Saints. We still look back to our time with you in 2019 and remember you in our prayers.
I am a little taken aback by your email, however, because we are no longer CMS employees but are now retired all be it with continuing pastoral responsibilities.
It is very kind of you to want to continue to give us financial support.
With regards the pandemic we thank God that we have been able to keep well and since the end of last year have had much more contact with other people in person rather than just virtually. We continue to use face masks and take other precautions which you are well aware of. Argentina has started its vaccination programme with the health sector and has been using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. It is now starting to vaccinate the over 70s but we are not sure when they will reach Tartagal nor which vaccine they will be using but there are indications that it might be quite soon.
For the time being cases are still fairly low but there are indications that we may be at the beginning of a second wave. Some colleagues of ours, who are hoping to return to the UK at the end of their time in Argentina, later this month were visiting us yesterday. They had been saying their goodbyes in some of the Indian communities to the North of Tartagal and reported that many of the people said there had been many cases of covid-19 in the communities but with relatively few deaths which is quite amazing but also very gratifying.
Yesterday we had a meeting of the Pastoral team the first since the holiday season and were really encouraged by the way that God is touching lives. We hope to be able to ordain some of the team members as deacons later this year with a view to passing ever more responsibility into their hands.
With Christian greetings