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From: Naomi Heye of Treasures of God

Happy Spring! Here in the "land of eternal spring", we don't see the changing of seasons, but I know that spring arriving is bound to lift some spirits in the midst of this strange time.      I thought it had been so long ago that I wrote an update, but I see that is was only less than 4 weeks ago! These last two weeks seem to have lasted forever, but that's okay.       I was supposed to go to Canada on March 12, but I hadn't really prepared as I had in past trips. This is not my norm. I usually have my schedule mostly planned out, have contacted a bunch of people, and started to get excited about the people I would see, and the food I would eat! This time, none of that had happened. Mid-afternoon the day before I was to leave, a friend asked if my travels were being affected by the virus. I said no, as I wasn't too concerned. Then I heard that the President of Guatemala had closed the borders to certain countries, and the virus was officially named a pandemic by WHO.       Very quickly I decided that if the borders began to close to North America, then I did NOT want to be stuck away from my kids. I know now that my reluctance to go was God preparing my heart for having to cancel my trip. The next several days is when everything seemed to really blow up! Disneyland and Disneyworld closed their doors, borders were shut down completely, and the first case of coronavirus arrived in Guatemala. Quarantines were happening everywhere. After that, things moved quickly around here. Our president is a former doctor, and he knows that our country does not have the infrastructure to handle an outbreak. For the last 2 weeks only essential businesses have been open (pharmacies, gas stations, grocery stores, and take out restaurants-all with restrictions of the number of people allowed inside at a time), public transport has been shut down, schools, malls, etc. And one week ago a curfew was put into place, from 4 pm to 4 am. All of these measures will go on for at least two more weeks.      As for the whole country, this causes us difficulties. I have suspended all therapies, no office staff in our house, and the nannies are now working a whole week at a time, instead of only 3 or 4 days, to have less switch over, and lessen our chance of the virus. Because there is no transit, our cook has not been able to come. This week she asked if she could come and stay a few days (overnight), to help us out, for which we are all grateful! And today our social worker went to pick up our ladies who live near Coban (4 1/2 hours away). I am so grateful for all my staff, and their dedication to my kids!       With no school in session, Lupita and Marcy have had to do learning at home. Praise God, on each team of nannies we have a certified teacher, who has taken over Lupita's schooling. They deserve a medal!!!! ;)