Mission with YWAM 

Hannah Brazil 

From Brazil to Lockdown!

Hello from a situation I never could have imagined. I am back in the UK!! The past weeks have been the strangest weeks I have ever experienced. 2 and a half weeks ago I was in sunny Brazil, enjoying the last few weeks of ministry with my Youth With a Mission (YWAM) outreach team.  We knew things with Covid-19 were escalating but we were always up to date with the situation.

On the 13th of March our base back in Norway decided to call us back as there was talk of borders closing. We started to prepare ourselves as a team to return back earlier than planned, however the next morning we received the information that we were all going to have to go back to our own countries as Norway’s border closed that night to us as internationals. It was a shock, one that we never saw coming. Within 24 hours of that call we were all on flights back to our home countries. 

Coming back to the UK so soon was very unsettling to begin with. All of my possessions are still in Norway, so when I arrived back in the UK I paid a quick visit to Primark to acquire a pair of jeans, a long sleeve and a jacket – things which weren’t really a necessity in Brazil… But I felt the Lord’s closeness and with Him I started to feel at peace.

I am now living with my Dad, Step-mum, step-brother and step-sister in Odell, Bedfordshire. As for the team, everyone is now all safely back in their home countries – the majority of us in some form of lockdown. We have been putting the videocall program ‘Zoom’ into good use, and I’m sure we are not the only ones! I really appreciate those who messaged me and have kept me lifted in prayer – it really means a lot! 

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