In August, just a handful of restaurants and hotels agreed with the Tourist Association to pay the price and go through the training to be certified in order to open. By September, the mid-sized restaurants and some of the smaller hotels were also prepared. At the time of this blog, we are still at only 40 percent occupancy, but the news around town is that Cabo will be able to open by the first of October in time to prepare for our high season. The tourist association reported that 60 percent of our hotel space is already booked for October!
Another interesting note from our August request for prayer centers on Pastor Carlos. At the same time that I was being impressed to pray regarding the slip in the morale of the Cristo es el Camino flock from months of shutdown and from a lack of refreshing from corporate worship, Pastor Carlos also picked up the emotional struggle his people were dealing with.
They did some rearranging to include more people in one location for all three of their weekly services. With their What’s App connection capability, they not only continued to send photos in order to see each other, but they also began to report as to how many were in attendance, so that Pastor Carlos could make sure they kept within their 40 percent capacity. With more space, they were also able to invite the neighbors around them, as well as make sure the elderly, single adults, or those who were struggling emotionally would have a larger group of fellowship available to them.
While churches in Baja California Sur were allowed to start meeting again the first week in September, the Covid-19 guidelines at 40 percent occupancy and stringent procedures remain. Because of this, Pastor Carlos made the decision to continue as they are. The cost and logistics of him opening his churches and ‘missions’ within the guidelines have kept them from going back to ‘church as usual,’ but the expansions they have been able to make have been an answer to prayer and a refreshing for the people.
In our August blog, I also reported Cabo Church’s reopening. There was, however, a mix up with the permits that were issued for reopening. Within days of that one service, Pastor Michael received notification from our governor stating that whether churches had a permit or not, they were not allowed to begin meeting. We were finally able to officially open up again on September 6 at 40 percent occupancy, and what a celebration that was!
I want to praise God for His graciousness towards us in Los Cabos and His plans for the spiritual awakening of our city. The necessary world-wide shaking, which God has allowed to awaken His church and show the world their desperate need for Him, has not changed His plans for us.
I’ve included just a few photos of Los Cabos during the time when the marina only had one security guard and maybe one other person in sight, apart from Richard and I (exercise was considered “essential”). Enjoy the photos, and thank you for the prayers!