Coronavirus Prayer Update 22 May 2020
We started sharing these prayer updates as a response to urgent needs within the Alliance community around the Coronavirus pandemic. The purpose was to support one another through a crisis situation. Nearly three months have passed and we recognise that for many the most pressing part of the crisis is over and what is emerging is a new and challenging reality.
Please continue to pray for Alliance organisations, especially those operating in countries where the coronavirus is at its height. This is the case in Russia, much of Africa and parts of Latin America as well as India and elsewhere. Pray also for those struggling to move forward in the emerging reality. Ask God to help us all keep our eyes fixed on him in the months to come.
We join with the author of the Hebrews in chapter 12 and verses 1 and 2 to encourage each other: Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Leading with hope in the face of difficulty: Democratic Republic of Congo
The Director of l’Association congolaise pour la traduction de la Bible et l’alphabétisation – Sukisa Boyinga (ACOTBA-SUBO), the Wycliffe organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is facing a number of challenges, heightened by the effects of COVID-19. He has had a number of strategic partnership meetings cancelled. Two of these included discussions around the funding of ongoing projects. Pray that he and his team will remain encouraged as they think of other ways to continue engaging with their partners.
Remembering church leaders: Global
PAAM members remind us to pray for the pastors and other leaders of the churches in Panama and all countries. During this time of the pandemic, many are not receiving the usual offerings and tithes to sustain the church ministries and the workers in mission whom they support. In some cases, there are no funds for salaries. However, pastors and leaders continue serving faithfully, utilizing social networks and telephone, to be attentive to the needs of their congregations. Pray that the Christian community will remember that these leaders need our support and prayer for provision, strength, wisdom, and grace. Pray for God to continue to guide and guard them through this time of world crisis.
Update of plans: Hong Kong
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is applied in every aspect of life in Hong Kong. Praise God that many of the Wycliffe Hong Kong programmes and projects were not canceled or suspended. God opened new doors to continue these via online platforms. Pray for the Wycliffe Hong Kong Executive Director Rence Law as he attends online meetings with mission organisations and regional leaders to update plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ask God to give the leaders wisdom and creativity to respond to the current situation and take appropriate security measures.
Coronavirus escalating: Russia
Russia has been behind the rest of Europe in the spread of the coronavirus. Yet recently more and more cases are being reported. Daily the numbers of infected cases and deaths are rising. As of May 22, Russia is considered the second-most infected country. Pray that the government and medical community will be able to respond to the coronavirus well. Pray for Wycliffe Russia staff as they are committed to help, train, and come alongside churches and individuals who are discouraged, anxious or perplexed about how to go forward. Ask God to show them how best to help others during this pandemic.
Concern for countries with limited health resources: Switzerland/Norway
Wycliffe Switzerland and Wycliffe Norway are very concerned for countries with fragile health care systems and very limited resources. Ask God to protect the populations and provide for the health care needs for people in these countries. Ask God to divinely protect the church of Jesus Christ within them. Pray that God will spare these countries from the heavy impact of the virus.
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