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island nations, was closed immediately without
exception. Even our Lieutenant Governor en
route home from the United States mainland
remained stranded for months in Hawaii. I was
now stuck in American Samoa, while my wife
was back at home in Samoa!
With churches and schools closed, workweeks
reduced, and business hours and occupancy
levels reduced, Emi and I just encouraged one
another to do what we could for the Lord while
apart. She rallied her teachers and they all did
weekly home visits to bring students their
assignments. Great opportunities were created
to visit and pray with families and to give them
Meanwhile, we distributed nearly all 15,000
of those Bibles! I cannot tell you how many
people we were able to witness to as the world
raged about COVID-19. Since we could
not go house-to-house with all the social
distancing requirements, God opened other
ways. Several of the large stores allowed us
to set up distribution centers in the front of
their stores. There were times we had crowds
and the word spread all over the island. People
began contacting us day and night to get their
copies. The threat of COVID-19 breaching our
shores made many mindful of eternal matters.
Praise God that everyone who got a copy of
God’s Word in his or her own language also got
the special inserts with the plan of salvation
and other helps! My friend and distribution
partner, Pastor Mac, and I earned nicknames
in American Samoa. Wherever we went,
people would say, “Hey, you are the Bible guys.”
I like that.
Emi and I would remain apart for nearly four
months, encouraging one another through
phone calls and wondering if we would ever
be reunited. Finally, in mid-June, flights only
between our two countries opened again.
What a sweet reunion Emi and I had at the
wharf! As we took that two-hour drive back to
the house, we asked one another, “Was it worth
it? If we had it to do all over again, would we?”
As much as we missed each other, we both
agreed that we would. We had seen all that God
did in both ministries, how He opened those
windows just wide enough and long enough at
the most critical times and how He kept our
hearts united through it all.
What can God do on tiny islands in the middle
of an epidemic and a pandemic? More than I
could ever have imagined! W
Services resume in American Samoa.
A SMALL WORLD
By Kris Baggett
We recently received a message as a testimony to the love of Christ being shown through our
missionaries Chuck and Susan Sligh, serving in Grafenwoehr (GRAF), Germany. The message is
Our daughter, Liz, recently returned to Prague, where she is teaching English. She left
Europe on March 11. She was in the middle of renewing her work visa that was expiring
April 30. Embassy officials advised her to return to Prague before April 30 or she would
not be able to re-enter.
This was very difficult due to the Prague airport being closed to all but medical supply
aircraft. She decided to fly to Germany and then take a train (with four transfers) to Prague.
Long story short, her final train transfer was cancelled and she was stranded in the forest
at the border of the Czech Republic and Germany at an isolated train station in the night
with all of the hotels closed due to COVID-19.
God had His eye on my little lost lamb. I knew no one in Germany, but I recalled a Bible
Study that I attended where a quiet young mom shared that she was new to the United
States and lonely for her family in Germany.
I reached out to her to see if she had any family or friends who could help my daughter. She
reached out to Pastor Sligh in Germany, who guided Lizzy to a train bound for his town.
At 1 a.m., this seventy-plus-year-old man picked Lizzy up from the train station, took her
to a little apartment on the church grounds where she could stay the night, and gave her
German currency for morning coffee and bread from a shop near the church.
The pastor then arranged for a church member to drive Liz to the border the next day. One
of Lizzy’s students drove two hours from the center of Prague to intercept her on the other
side and take her back to her apartment in the city center.
Bryan & Kris Baggett
with Susan & Chuck Sligh