SOUTH AMERICA
White Wing Messenger|October 2020
Bishop Gabriel Vidal was saved at the age of five and has been involved in church work his entire life. In 1984, he moved to New York after finishing three intensive years in a school of business in Santo Domingo and then lived in Rhode Island from 1985 to 2000. He co-planted a church in Providence and later became regional youth leader for both Southern New England and the Northeast Hispanic regions. He has also served as administrative assistant for the Spanish Voice of Salvation ministry and director of the World Language Department before his appointment as general presbyter of South America. He and his wife, Hanny, have two children.
BISHOP GABRIEL VIDAL

As in every other region of the world, COVID-19 has hit South America very hard. The quarantine has been extensive in most nations of South America. In countries like Peru, Argentina, and Ecuador, people have been allowed only two hours a day to go shopping for the needs of their families.

The crisis has been especially hard on our pastors and local churches. Pastors in South America have dedicated their lives to the pastoral ministry, and their only revenue they have is provided from the local churches.

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