Good evening friends, family, and supporters,

As of this email, there are 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peru. Yesterday evening, President Vizcarra of Peru declared a nationwide state of emergency for the next 15 days. Here’s a summary of what that means:

1. All borders are completely closed as of midnight tonight.  All local and international flights are canceled. Only cargo vessels will be allowed into the country to assure that we have adequate food, water, and supplies.
2. We are under a 15-day mandatory social quarantine. The only businesses that will be allowed to operate are banks, markets, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. The government guarantees food, water, gas, waste collection, sanitation, electricity, and phone service.
3. During the state of emergency, the armed forces and the national police will be taking charge of security to keep order. Constitutional rights have been suspended, specifically the right to meet freely (aka religious gatherings, etc.) and certain other rights with the intention of halting the spread of the disease. This means that the military will be in the streets keeping the peace and enforcing the continuity of utilities, services, and commerce.

In summary, our family is in Cusco.  We are safe.  We have our basic necessities.  We have closed the clinic, suspended church meetings, as well as all activities with our University students, and are in our home safe.  

Many of you in the USA and around the globe are experiencing the same.  I encourage all of us to pray. Pray for peace, comfort, and an end to this spread.  We covet normalcy and comfort.  This is uncomfortable.  Please pray with me.  Our clinic will be intentionally praying for each other at 8 AM, 12 PM, and 4 PM everyday.  Join us.

In His Name,

Josh and Cindy DuBose