Pastor Bryan Nerren of International House of Prayer Ministries in Shelbyville continues to check in with his congregation by video from India.
“For the next few weeks the motel I’m staying in is closed," Pastor Nerren told his congregation. "They will feed me some food, but there's no coming or going."
I first brought you Pastor Nerren's plight last fall when he went on his annual missionary trip to train Sunday School teachers, but got arrested by the Indian government and thrown in jail.
“This season will now be 6 months for sure since I came to India," Pastor Nerren said. "The Lord has a plan. He’s working a miraculous thing and we're watching to see how it unfolds and what happens.”
Though his church and family were making some progress getting him home by working with President Trump, members of Congress and the State Department, the coronavirus now brings all of that to a grinding halt. Pastor Nerren is trapped there indefinitely.
“I think it is so unfair that he is stuck there during this time," said Rhonda Nerren, Pastor Nerren's wife. "Of course I think it's unfair anyway, but this is running rampant all over India at this point. For him to get out unscathed, I’m afraid it's not going to happen, but he is trying to stay safe. He’s not going out.”
The Nerrens' lawyers are pushing for his release, but right now, everything is shut down in India including the courts and all international flights.
To add another layer of uncertainty, Rhonda Nerren works in a mid-state hospital in admissions, on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. She's been out sick the last two weeks awaiting her COVID-19 test results, which finally came back negative today.
She says it took about 10 days to get her results. The arrest of her husband, the global pandemic, the inability to fix any of it is a lot, but she says she's staying hopeful and faithful
“He is a missionary and he was going to do God's work and he just kind of got stuck there,” Rhonda said.