Lessons from the Book of Daniel: Keep on Praying
Missionary Window: David and Margot Woodworth
South Coast Church July 19, 2020
David and Margot Woodworth
The Woodworth family, like the majority of missionaries everywhere, are also in the middle of the pandemic
affecting the majority of the world. They are the Directors of the Andean Area of South America. They supervise
and serve approximately 150 missionaries and pastors. This is their June newsletter and they are more than
clever in leading this area of the world as God’s faithful. Enjoy their “lemon theme” and PRAY.
As the missionary training program moved to the “ZOOM room,” our teachers and students
adapted well, thanks especially to director Mónica López, already experienced in on-line
education. One result of the virtual setting was an opportunity Dave recently had to teach a
missions strategy class “alongside” Latin (mostly Colombian) missionaries working in 5 different
regions of the world. A total of 35 students from various cities of Colombia took the course.
When life gives you lemons . . .
We all have had to deal with the pandemic and have had to figure out how to do ministry under
new circumstances. Here are a few takes on the lemon theme to illustrate our present context:
“When life gives you lemons, go to a taco stand.” ― Mariana Zapata. Early into quarantine, the
Andean Area missionary team became aware of huge needs. They began working together to
provide funding and food to key areas for pastors, churches and their neighbors. Some recipients,
seeing the kindness and generosity, have asked for follow-up and prayer. One pastor out
distributing food in Iquitos, Peru, was stopped by police for being on the street during quarantine.
When he explained that he was distributing food and praying for people, they asked him to pray
When life gives you lemons, plant the seeds and pray for harvest! Following rare ministry
opportunities across the globe, we barely made it back home to Armenia, Colombia for
quarantine/lockdown right before Colombia closed its international borders (until September).
Upon arriving, we had to send missionary training students back to their home cities before all
domestic travel was shut down (until July).
“When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did
it.” ― Mitch Griego. Strict quarantines in the Andean Area could easily lead to isolation. But we
have experienced wonderful fellowship, prayer, and communion (through Zoom) with each
country (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia) and twice as a whole area (a first!). A special
highlight was having Dr. Duane Durts, Superintendent of the New York Ministry Network of the
Assemblies of God, encourage us with a devotional and communion.
“When life gives you lemons, learn to juggle.” We have been as busy as ever with multiple online
meetings, teaching, developing training materials and making sure the Andean Area
Missionary Team is doing well.
“When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” ― Cathy Guisewite. One fear of the
COVID-19 virus was that ministry and outreach would be severely limited. But missionaries,
pastors and churches have been very creative in developing online services and discipleship. Time
will tell the far reach it has made on family members who would not normally go to church,
previous attenders who had drifted away, and others who had relocated and were not connected
elsewhere. While the enemy would use a sour situation to stop the gospel, the church has turned
it in the face of the enemy.
When life give you lemons, make lemon bars! Wish we could take you a favorite dessert to
express our appreciation (instead Dave will have to eat it in your honor!). Special thanks to
churches who responded so generously to several specific requests we had sent out back in
November. And, to all of you, we are amazed at your faithfulness even during these difficult
times. Thank you for your generosity and sacrifice!
Although we have chosen a light theme for this letter, our hearts have been heavy for many. In
our area, a number of pastors, their families, and their congregations have been directly affected
by COVID, with many ill and a number of deaths, including some who were close to our missionary
And, of course, we are moved by the situation in the U.S. As we join our hearts and prayers with
those who cry out for justice, we pray the Lord will teach us personally and corporately what it
means to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). We pray especially
for pastors and churches that God will give wisdom, guidance, and an incredible love as they
navigate these uncertain times.
We deeply appreciate all of you and have felt your love and support which are not confined to
borders. We pray the Lord will bless you and watch over you.
Your Andean Connection,
David and Margot Woodworth
C O M P E L L E D
Thank you for praying for the Woodworth family. Please also pray for all of our South Coast
Church Missionaries and remember to continue your monthly giving to support their work for
the Lord around the world.
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