Since my last update, the devastation caused by the Coronavirus outbreak here in Italy has continued to swell, as you have undoubtedly seen on the news. So far, there have been more than 135,000 reported cases of Covid-19 and over 17,000 deaths, the vast majority being right here in Lombardy, the region in which we live. Milan is the second-hardest hit city in the nation. Her hospitals are overflowing, her streets are empty, and the only sound she makes is the constant cry of an ambulance siren. For the past 14 days, the daily death toll has ranged between the low 600s to the high 900s. This does not even count those who died from the virus at home but never tested. These are sad and difficult days for this beautiful country.
The ENCOURAGING NEWS is that we seem to be coming out of the apex and entering the backside of the curve. Although the death toll remains high, the number of new cases in Italy is finally starting to drop. This means that the lockdown which we have been under for the past six weeks is working. We pray every day that God will have mercy and bring a swift end to the suffering. We also pray that we, as the church, will give a good testimony to the gospel before a watching world.
-- the rest of the blog post can be found here: https://www.reformationitaly.org/updates-brown/2020/4/1/april-2020
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Thank you for prayers for us, as well as your many kind notes and messages of encouragement. It means so much to us! Janie, Iain and I are all well and managing fine in our days of quarantine. Iain is busy with his studies (online), and Janie takes such good care of us and goes out of her way to make every day a delight. She is also a tremendous help with the technological needs of the mission. We miss our children in the States, and are naturally concerned for them, but they are all healthy and safe (Kayla in Pasadena, CA; Isaac in Pagosa Springs, CO; and Aly and our son-in-law Kevin in Alexandria, VA).
May God bless you and keep you, and may he be glorified in you during this time of trial and testing. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
~ Pastor Mike