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Severo S. Alvarado

New book looks at the dark side of Covid-19

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Trials and hardship are woven in the fabric of every living soul, and the past few years delivered tribulation after another. The global pandemic affected us deeply—in our own minds and within our families. For many, the darkness around us was too great to bear.* Maybe it still is.

When author Severo S. Alvarado contracted COVID, his faith reached new depths. “The pandemic certainly brought my spirituality to the surface.” During those arduous, breath-numbing nights, he reflected on the status of his trust and hope in God. Was his faith strong enough to allay the worries, fears, and uncertainty the virus was causing within him?

When pain and suffering enter the fray, managing life feels nearly impossible. Severo says, “The burning flame of our souls that brightens our days dims as the dark storms of life pound against us with powerful force. That’s how I felt as I endured the toxic poison infecting my body.” The Dark Side of COVID-19: Toxic Darkness Gives Way to the Light is his story of rising above the circumstances that shrouded every inch of his soul, mind, and body.

Through Alvarado’s suffering and pain, God could have taken his life. The unknown triggers fear and anxiety, especially when our faith is weak and we are emotionally fragile. Yet God’s purpose for our lives will transform our hearts and minds. Every experience we encounter is meant to strengthen our faith, trust, and hope in God.

For readers searching for peace, the author hopes that you will be inspired. “With all my heart I want this book to touch people’s hearts and lead them closer to God.”



Born in Mexico, Severo S. Alvarado moved to the United States in 1963. At Texas Tech, he earned a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in curriculum instruction, and a minor in bilingual education and Spanish literature. A 1983 spiritual conversion led to a deep personal relationship with his Savior and catapulted his life into service for God. A retired educator and ordained Catholic deacon, Alvarado enjoys writing about spirituality and ministers at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lubbock, Texas, where he and his wife live.


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Here’s Help for Talking to Kids about COVID-19

FAITH NEWSWIREChild Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) has provided an effective tool for conversing with children about such troubling situations as the Coronavirus outbreak.

In 2001, after the 9/11 tragedy, CEF prepared a booklet entitled “Do You Wonder Why?” to address tragedy. It speaks directly to children about the emotions they experience due to natural disasters, disability, illness or death of loved ones, crime towards someone they know, and so on. It answers hard questions like, “Does God know and care about me?” “Why do so many bad things happen in the world?” and “How could God allow this to happen?” It guides the child in how to get through terrible circumstances, how to become part of God’s family, and how to receive God’s comfort.

This time-tested downloadable resource is available in PDF and video form at www.cefonline.com/why. Copies may also be purchased in bulk from www.CEFPress.com. Millions of the “Do You Wonder Why?” booklets have been distributed around the US and the world and translated into many languages.

“It is natural to feel afraid, even as an adult when the world faces a crisis like COVID-19. Adults can call television shows, hotlines and church leaders with their many concerns, but often children carry around their questions like heavy burdens. Here is help,” said Moises Esteves, CEF Vice President, International Ministries.

CEF operates over 99,000 after-school Good News Clubs (GNC) around the world but many have been shut down with school closures. In answer, CEF launched Good News Across the Web where GNC students can meet with their regular teachers and classmates on Zoom and ezTalks.

As churches move to live streaming, CEF is posting a weekly video on its YouTube channel U-Nite with a program for children which churches can use for children’s church. People can learn more at www.cefonline.com/COVID19. Families are welcome to use it as well. A new program will be posted every Friday, and there are song videos, missionary stories and encouragements to read the Bible and memorize verses.

Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international, nonprofit, Christian ministry that has been teaching the Bible to children since 1937. CEF has 400 offices in the USA and is organized in most nations of the world, with over 3,500 paid staff and hundreds of thousands of volunteers. In its last ministry year, CEF ministered to over 25 million children in its face-to-face teaching ministries.

Provided by: Child Evangelism Fellowship, Warrenton, MO

Contact: Lydia Kaiser, Lydia.Kaiser@cefonline.com, 636-456-4321 x1339 or 636-262-9593