President’s Message, June 23, 2021
In many ways here in Texas life seems to continue to return to normal. The church services on Sunday are no longer requiring social distancing for the seating. People wearing masks are seen less frequently than those without masks. (This description is not to advocate for or against masks but simply to describe what is being seen here where I live.) This is not the case for South America as the following information will confirm.
While Covid-19 is receding in much of the world, the pandemic is raging in South America, which has just 5% of the world’s population but now accounts for a quarter of the global death toll.
Almost a million people have died across 12 countries in the region. Amid another devastating surge, Brazil surpassed 500,000 this past weekend, with the virus killing seven times as many people per capita each day than in hard-hit India. Colombia and Argentina, which together have 95 million people, are tallying three times as many deaths each day as all of Africa. Of the 10 countries around the world with the highest daily death rates per capita, seven are now in South America. Collectively, the region’s death rate per capita is eight times the world’s rate.
Please continue to pray and plead with God that He would heal these countries that continue to be devastated this Pandemic. Financial support is greatly needed and appreciated by our PALM missionaries who continue to minister in the midst of all of horrible crisis.