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COVID-19 shutdown in Philippines presents challenges beyond those in U.S.


April 22, 2020

THE SWANSON FAMILY, from left, Grace, Gina, Tim and James.

Editor's note: Tim Swanson, formerly an elementary school teacher in Sweet Home, and his family have worked in Christian missions outreach in the Philippines, mostly to youth and children, since 2016. They live on the island of Mindoro, where they have been experiencing a much more severe lockdown, due to COVID-19, than Oregonians have. Here is a report of their experience.

Relationships matter in the Philippines.

Our streets are usually populated with people talking, children playing together in groups, and motorcycles and trisikels (motorized tricycles) buzzing towards their destinati...

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