Good evening friends, family, supporters, and prayer warriors,

I do hope this update finds you all safe, quarantined if mandated, and following government regulation. Romans 13:1-5 teaches us ” Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”  I know I know.  I hear you saying thanks for the Bible lesson Doc.  However, the wisdom in this writing is as relevant today as it was when written by Paul in the 1st Century.

We have heard so much about the essential worker.  Both here in Cusco as well as in the USA.  Who is the essential worker?  Who is not the essential worker? Have we thought about Jesus as the essential worker?  Our father who never rests, who is never surprised (not by COVID-19) by change, and who is always there for us.  Let us reach out to Him daily.  Let us seek Him daily.  Let us remember Him when we feel lost, hurt, scared, and are full of anxiety.  Let us seek the Essential Worker and say thank You and I love You.   Let us too ask Him, how may I serve You in this season?  

To date, we are in day 26 of full quarantine.  What does that consist of?  We are permitted to leave the house to go to the bank, pharmacy, the hospital, or the grocery store.  We have been under a nightly curfew that now begins at 6 PM and ends at 5 AM. We are thankful that food services continue and we have water, food, electricity, as well as internet. 

Many of our day to day activities have ceased and life here is just different.  Most of you are experiencing this too.  Life has gone on (in limited form), so please enjoy our updates.

Emma: Emma started school at GAL on the 2nd and had a wonderful week and a half.  We then went into quarantine and have since continued classes online.  She has continued both guitar and piano lesson via Whatsapp with the music school.

Bowden: Bowden too started school at GAL on the 2nd and had a wonderful week and a half.  School is now online.  Bowden continues drum lessons via Whatsapp.  We celebrated his birthday (#12) on the 16th under quarantine.  He got to do exactly what he wanted.  Lots of food, video games, and tech time.  He was so content considering the circumstance.  God’s grace was super evident.

Blakely:  Blakely too started school at GAL on the 2nd and had a wonderful week and a half.  School is also online. She continues drum and piano lessons via Whatsapp. We celebrated Boo’s birthday (9th) on the 10th and she had a sweet puppy adoption party.

Cindy: With the spread of COVID-19 in Peru, Cindy has stopped volunteering at the Casa Josefina.  Only full time employees are permitted entry into the house.  Cindy taught the last kids Sunday school class before quarantine.

Josh:  We closed the clinic and halted student ministry. My small group (which I miss dearly) has also stopped as a product of quarantine.  So, this is 180 degrees from where I was in February.  I knew I needed a break from the lack of balance with teaching, clinic time, and home life.  I just did not know it would come at the price of COVID-19.

Iglesia Fuente de Gracia:  Church services were great the first 2 weeks of March.  We have since shifted to an online format on Sunday morning.

La Fuente Centro de Salud:  We were able to have 2 weeks of patient care before closing indefinitely. Our clinic began preparations for COVID-19 in Cusco at the end of February.  We were and are well prepared to return to work.  We just are not sure when!

Casa Josefina:  The babies and the workers at Casa Josefina have remained healthy and isolated from visitors.  There have been no new adoptions since our last update.

University student ministry:  We had been studying different Christian leaders until the quarantine.  We hope to be able to pick this back up soon.

Prayer requests: Please lift up the following prayers:

-That Nathan Henson and I make wise decisions with the clinic La Fuente.  That we may reopen and work safely.  Funds are limited and we will be without clinic income for over a month (if the quarantine is lifted on the 26th).  We hope and pray that we do not have to lay off staff.

-That the babies and staff of Casa Josefina remain healthy and isolated from Coronavirus.

-That our team will remain healthy here in Cusco and serve at whatever capacity is available.

In His Name,

Josh and Cindy DuBose
 Birthday donuts made by momma.Birthday party for Boo.Bowden opening his gift from Boo.Bowden opening his gift from Emma.The NEW NORMAL in Peru.Life in La Fuente as we prepared for COVID-19 to come to Cusco!1st day of school at GAL.Cindy directing the puppy adoption.Celebrating Chaska’s 7th Birthday (March 12th).