Sumatra: Everything Closed Down

Dear Friends of Mission,

By God’s grace, we are doing well.

This year we celebrated St. Demetrius’ feast day at Medan Cathedral with simplicity due to the fact that our parish is still closed to the large number of believers. So far we have not had any announcement from the government when churches, schools, shops and other retail and personal services will be permitted to operate. As a result, we do not know what will happen at Christmas. Our finances are getting worse and worse every day. But we have hope in Jesus Christ and in the Virgin Mary, because we know that strength and comfort come from them.

Since March I have been to very few villages, because many have been quarantined. Factories and construction sites have been closed down. Rallies are a daily phenomenon. 15 million Indonesians have been left unemployed. Product prices are rising. We do our best to survive and sustain the Mission. Presbytera makes coconut oil, some people have started planting corn, others rearing goats or raising small poultry. We do everything in our power not to starve as we do not know when this situation will end. This is why, my beloved brothers and sisters, we humbly ask for your prayers and your support.

Let us all praise the Holy Name of the Triune God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

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