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Hope amidst the Chaos

“…there is only one way to resist and overcome the ravages of this pandemic…”

 

 

After 6 months of COVID-19 being identified as an infectious disease, first in Wuhan, Hubei, China; and then as a pandemic that is consequently affecting the entire globe; it would seem that this “invisible enemy” has not given humanity a truce and persists in its attack. As of press time, 13,022,814 cases have been reported, including 571,000 deaths.

And yes in the midst of this pandemic, the cases of COVID-19 do not stop; and logically neither the cases of anguish, depression, panic because this virus has not only wreaked havoc on the physical health of humanity, tragically including the death of some; but it has also caused destabilization in the world economy; companies that have gone bankrupt; or at least that they have reduced their workforce and unfortunately, household heads who have lost their jobs; just to name a few of the disorders caused by this “invisible enemy.”

And of course, parallel to the chaos we are facing, there is no shortage of well-meaning messages loaded with “good vibes” – as some call it so, that somehow want to motivate the souls of those who have fallen in this time and encourage them to get up; in fact, for all of society to rise up and fight for our most dear longings despite adversity.

But are we putting our trust solely in our courage, strength, good cheer, and skillful human strategy? If so, I’m afraid we won’t get very far. In fact, not even the most skillful scientific, political or even economic strategy has been able to stop the impacts of any kind caused by this pandemic.

However, there is only one way to resist and overcome the ravages of this pandemic; and it is precisely recognizing that we are not “self-sufficient”, that as humans “we did not make ourselves”; and that it is necessary to turn to our Maker, to our Creator, to the One who brought order to the initial chaos in this world (Genesis 1) and who has the power to sustain us, to raise us up and certainly, to bring order our chaotic world, to our chaotic lives.

How pleasant it is to find in the freshness of His Word, refreshment for our soul and true hope in the midst of an uncertain future from the human perspective; but, full of great hope for those of us who decide to trust Him, Jesus Christ, the author of life!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
and whose trust is the Lord…” (Jeremiah 17:7-8

Do you know Jesus personally? Would you like to do it? If so, contact Towards Excellence and we will be happy to share more about our Lord Jesus Christ, the only hope for this world in chaos.

 

Source: Worldometer (pandemia statistics)

Photography:  Photo 1 and 2: Envato Elements & Photo 3: Cecy Yepez

The Darker the Night, the Sooner the Dawn Arrives!

“Many times, in life, we see ourselves surrounded by dense darkness, and as we pass it through, we can hardly see dawn.”

 

The popular belief says so, although according to subject matter experts, that’s not necessarily the case. Anyway, what is true without a doubt is that after the thickest darkness of the night, we can always expect for the sunrise to come. Yes, we certainly can! Even in Antarctica where nights can last 24 hours.

But beyond a scientific analysis of this phenomenon, this leads us to meditate on the various circumstances we go through.  However, as sure as dawn approaches, when we walk along dreary times, we will surely see those sparkles of hope to light up our days and drive us with certainty to a new bright day.

Recently, I was on a plane for several hours flying back to my country. It was a night flight. So, while we were flying across the Atlantic, I witnessed the most spectacular night landscape…dense black clouds that made me think of a catastrophic storm coming right at us! But after a little while, through the distance I saw astonishing sparkles of light coming out of nowhere. Certainly, the first sunrays were showing up on the horizon. And the truth is that darkness, however dense it seemed, was brief and would soon be over. For sure, there was hope and dawn was getting closer.

What situation are you facing right now? Are you walking along a dense dark road where it’s just impossible to see the other end and it makes your heart feel invaded with fear and uneasiness? Do you feel lonely? Are you facing hard financial problems because you don’t have a job and you have nothing but tons of debts? Were you diagnosed with a disease with limited or very complicated probabilities of being healed by human means? Or are you going through a very painful family situation?

That’s life! There are sunny and bright days where we can feel affected by the heat despite the beautiful landscape around us. And there are also rainy and cold days where all we need is warm shelter and a hot drink. Of course, there are also those dark, freezing and hopeless nights; those times where our heart has a profound yearning for guidance from a caring and generous hand full of love.

I don’t know what you are going through right now, but if you’re walking across the dense and thick darkness of the night, I’m convinced that there’s hope and you still have the chance to suddenly see those sparkles of light that will lead you towards your very own sunrise.

In fact, someone already took that disturbing and densely dark journey before you and I did. There’s someone who fully understands what you’re experiencing today. Someone already went through all that and even more. That is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God Himself; the One who loved us [humankind] “so that though He was rich, He became poor, so that through His poverty we might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

Has there ever been a darker night in the history of humankind?
The death of the Faithful and Just King for the lives of unfaithful and unjust people.                    The execution of the Holy One for the salvation of sinners.

But that night didn’t end there, and 72 hours later the dawn came with great power. The Righteous One rose again. He rose victoriously from death. Life defeated death!

Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and Life itself; He has the power to take you from death to life, from discouragement to hope, from discontent to fullness, from anguish to peace.
You can test anything, but I can assure you that there’s no other way for you to find a brand-new and lasting dawn for your life. Jesus Christ is the only certain way. Jesus is the Bright Morning Star! (Revelation 22:16)

I invite you to open your heart, your soul to Jesus Christ today. He will put the breath of life in you and He will literally take you from death to life. He will fill you up with hope and He will keep you warm with His eternal love. And He will give you peace, the kind of peace that transcends all understanding in this turbulent world.

A popular adage says, “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” In fact, “today is the day for Salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). So, cry out faithfully to the Almighty God, the Creator of the universe, the One who listens to your pleas and to every yearning of your heart. Invite Him today to be your only Savior and Lord.

God Almighty, I thank you for sending your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ, the One who died on the cross for me. Please forgive all my sins. I repent from the bottom of my heart because I have sinned against you and I have offended you. Cleanse me and purify me with Christ’s precious blood. I firmly believe that God raised Jesus from the death to give me eternal life. My beloved Jesus, please come into my heart. I welcome you as the only Savior of my soul and my life. Transform me and help me to live a life of obedience that will lead me to please you always. I pray all this in your Name, dear Jesus!

If you have any questions regarding the decision you made today, please contact our blog. We’re always glad to help you. And don’t forget that “today is the day for Salvation.”

 

Photos:

  1. Cecy Yepez
  2. Freepik License
  3. 123RF License

 

 

Do you celebrate Christmas?

In the midst of chaos, there is HOPE…
There is a reason to celebrate Christmas!

Towards Excellence wishes you Merry Christmas and a very fruitful New Year!

 

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When the earth shakes, your whole being shakes as well!

Devastating earthquake of 7.8

Devastating earthquake of 7.8 struck Ecuador

It’s been two weeks since the Ecuadorian community experienced moments of anguish, terror and desolation. The ground shook hard for less than one minute, but for the entire population it seemed an eternity.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Ecuador, with its epicenter striking two small towns on the coast: Pedernales in the province of Manabi and Muisne in the province of Esmeraldas. However, almost every person felt this earthquake which shook the country of Ecuador its entire length and breadth.

Only rubbles and desolation

Only rubbles and desolation

The evening of April 16 turned into a night of

terror and outright tragedy for the entire population, but especially for the people directly affected, nearly 1,500,000 inhabitants. A labyrinth of no escape and a time of confusion as multiple aftershocks continued the shaking even until now as I write this article. Entire families continue sleeping outside because they are afraid to be trapped inside their houses or because some of their houses simply fell to the ground and were left in ruins.

As of today, the official number of causalities is over

Cleaning rubbles is only the beginning!

Cleaning rubbles is only the beginning!

650 and 30,000 persons have received medical attention. These statistics truly touch the hearts of the Ecuadorian people, but it is really terrible for the families of the victims. However, in the midst of so much pain, we rejoice to know that more than 22,000 are safe in shelters and 113 were rescued from the debris.

The entire nation has mobilized in order to help our brothers and sisters who have been affected by this

Rescue Teams in action

Rescue Teams in action

natural disaster. National and international friend organizations, the media, and neighboring countries as well as far-distant countries have all been present during this time of tears and desolation. Famous people and well-known organizations have come but there have also been many anonymous heroes.

Consequently, today I want to share about Juan Carlos and Sandra, a young couple of heroes from Manta, one of the cities most adversely hit. With a broken voice, they say, “The earthquake has hit us so tremendously, because people have lost their homes and their loved ones. The only thing you think at a time like this is that it must be the end of everything.”

Hundreds of hands ready to bless!

Hundreds of hands ready to bless!

Nevertheless, after that frightful experience, Juan Carlos and Sandra surmounted their own pain and fear, rolled up their sleeves and went out in faith to serve the people who were having an even worse time. “Just seeing people on the street who had lost everything was what motivated us to do something and somehow help these people and communities with our little grain of sand, because they have so many needs.”

Every morning they get up early and take food and

Team of vounteers who works alongside Juan Carlos & Sandra

Team of vounteers who works alongside Juan Carlos & Sandra

words of encouragement, advice and restoration to as many people as they can reach in different places. They even serve the volunteers who are there working in those areas in need.

Juan Carlos and Sandra alongside the members of their small “Family Home Church”, friends and people in general who are contributing anonymously to this cause, are the heroes who are carrying out and will make possible the reconstruction of these communities.

What’s going to happen later on? That’s what Juan

Physical and spiritual food is what our people need the most!

Physical and spiritual food is what our people need the most!

Carlos and Sandra and hundreds of affected people are asking. Perhaps right now there is no clear or specific answer humanly speaking. But this young couple states with conviction, “there is hope” because their hearts are totally trusting in the faithfulness of a good God and in His provision.

Therefore, Juan Carlos and Sandra are calling on the global community to unite in intercession and prayer for Manabi and for all of Ecuador, praying that God will fill the country with strength and that many more people will join in the rebuilding of these towns who “are in this process of change, because the best is yet to come,” as Juan Carlos states with conviction.

And you? Don’t you feel like joining this team of rebuilders?

“If God is not sending earthquakes, destroying economies and inflicting pain upon human beings, what is God doing? God works through people, calling them to help their neighbors in need. God comforts His people, walking with them even ‘through the valley of the shadow of death.'”

                                                                                        Adam Hamilton

 

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Photographs:
Courtesy of: Margarita del Mónaco, Teo Zamora and The Jarrin Family.

Statistics:

Source: http://www.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2016/04/Informe-de-situaci%C3%B3n-51-29042016-08h00.pdf