The Quails land in Central America

It’s just over 2 weeks since we said goodbye to Rob and Helen Quail and their children at St Paul’s. But although they’ve left East London, they are still very much part of our church, as our mission partners in Central America.

At their farewell service, we heard from Rob and Helen about their call to work in Nicaragua with the charity Engineering Ministries International (EMI). And we prayed for them, together as a church. In the time that’s passed since then, we’ve already seen some of these prayers answered, as the Quails left the UK and safely landed in Costa Rica. They’re now settling into their apartment and have been exploring their new surroundings, including visiting waterfalls and feeding hummingbirds.

They are in Costa Rica for 8 months for Spanish language training before going on to Nicaragua next year. They’ve already met some of their fellow students at the language school and everybody has been friendly and welcoming so far.

So there’s lots to give thanks for already. But we continue to pray for them, and in particular we’ll be praying for the children as they start school this week. Pray that they will settle in and not to be too worried about potential language barriers. Pray also for empathetic teachers and for new friends.

Pray also for the COVID situation in Costa Rica, as cases are on the rise and new restrictions are being imposed. Pray that the vaccine programme will make good progress and the schools will remain open.

We will keep praying for the Quails and posting regular updates here on the website. You can find out more about them, their work with EMI and how we’re supporting them at our mission partners page. You can also check out their website, where you can sign up for regular email updates, direct to your inbox. And of course, you can join St Paul’s and many of our individual members in supporting their work financially.


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