Keeping Distance in Kosovo

COVID-19 impact on life and ministry

By Chaplain Jason Dong, Oregon Army National Guard, Deployed

Greetings from Kosovo!  Unfortunately, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 occurred on one of our bases here in Kosovo.  (Approximately 60 cases have been reported in Kosovo with 1 death.)  Restrictions on movement and social interaction where I’m located have increased to include the closure of the gym and increased precautions in our dining facility.  (See picture below for the strange and sad way we are required to eat in our dining facilities.)

Our task force continues to move forward with the mission.  There is a heightened sense of awareness as Kosovo’s prime minister was removed from office two days ago in a vote of no confidence.  Patrols and presence continue, and Soldier morale seems stable.  It helps that the border finally allowed the mail through so Soldiers are receiving much anticipated packages.

The limit on social interaction has made it challenging for the Unit Ministry Team.  I’m learning to navigate the world of social media to reach our soldiers and families with encouragement and hope.  Please pray for wisdom and discernment as I seek to engage in this new way (for me!).  I’m thankful we have such technology available to us and the ability to stay connected with family (see eating hamburgers pic 😊).  A few Soldiers have expressed a hunger for fellowship and getting into the Word which is encouraging.

Praises/thanks:  1)  Sustained health  2)  Mail arrived  3)  God’s continued provision  4)  Technology to keep us connected

Prayer requests:  1)  Wisdom, discernment in navigating ministry under these circumstances  2)  Open doors and open hearts of Soldiers  3)  Good health  4)  Peace and health for all our families    

Quote of the Week:  “…The righteous shall live by faith.”  –Romans 1:17

Thank you for your prayers and partnership in the faith.

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Jason’s update underscores the spread and impact of the Coronavirus on the life and ministry of our chaplains. Join me in thanking God for the wellbeing of Jason and his troops and asking God to reveal His wisdom and opportunities for ministry under current restraints.

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