Update: March 12, 2020
If you’ve spent time with us in Mexico, you know that social distancing is not in our nature; we greet with hugs, handshakes, and kisses on the cheek, and we hold hands in prayer and worship.
However, in times like these, we are getting creative and implementing changes to protect our brothers and sisters from the U.S. and Mexico.
At this time, we are still hosting mission work groups from the U.S. and operating all of our programs normally with the following precautions:
👋🏼 GREETINGS & WORSHIP
For the time being, we are refraining from handshakes, hugs, and kisses on the cheek as greetings, and we will not be holding hands during our daily prayers. We will also not be shaking or holding hands during our traditional “Dame La Mano” and “Unidos, Unidos” songs.
🧼 CLEANING & SANITIZING
We will continue our daily cleaning and sanitizing of the shared spaces in our complex and clinic facilities, exercising extra caution and diligent attention to detail. All staff, volunteers, and mission work group members will be following the preventative precautions of washing their hands frequently and using hand sanitizer when needed. Our kitchen staff will be taking extra precautions while handling and serving food.
🤧 ILLNESS AND/OR AT-RISK
If someone is feeling sick, or who has someone at home who is sick, they are asked to stay at home, whether that is a mission work group member, local volunteer, or Faith Ministry staff. Additionally, if anyone is at higher risk for COVID-19, we ask that they exercise caution and consider staying home.
🩺 OUR MEDICAL CLINIC
Our clinic in Reynosa will be giving priority to patients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 so that they can be treated quickly and to reduce the time spent in our waiting room. The clinic will be closing one hour early each day to allow the staff time to thoroughly clean and sanitize before the following day. The dormitories of the clinic will be closed off from the rest of the clinic to prevent any interaction between visiting groups and patients. All group visits to the clinic and its program will be paused for the time being.
Currently, there are still no cases of COVID-19 in Reynosa, Miguel Alemán, or the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, and there are still no cases in McAllen, TX. We are staying up-to-date on the situation and will let you know if there are any changes.
Thank you for all of your support, and we pray for the health and well-being of all of our brothers and sisters across the globe.