Coronavirus

An Update from India

I received this email from one of our closest partners in India. May this email prompt us to pray. ​

Dear Stacy,

Happy and Preeti are our closest family friends. We are in mentoring relationships. Happy does business as mission. Preeti is one of our women leaders and teaches in a local school. Last week their whole family became Corona positive. In our city Happy and Preeti got the beds in hospital . Parents had to be sent in other town hospital. Children were home quarantined alone. This is the common story of many covid patients.

BUT

This morning Happy was on the phone, he told, “God let my mother live as long as He wanted and than called her Home .” “The Lord spoke to me from David’s life, “My mother was down with Corona in the hospital, I thought , who knows? The Lord may be gracious to us and let her live, but now that she is dead why should I grieve ? Can I bring her back again ? I will go to her but she will not return to me.” “God gave her to us and took her back.”

Happy with tears, “We know the Lord and have hope of eternity . What about the others who do not know the Lord?”

We praise God for such testimonies. We also praise God that the churches and Christian institutions are opening their premises for use as Isolation centres because ALL our hospitals are full, we have few hundred hospitals in our mega city Ahmedabad. The population of my city is a round 8 million. Churches also provide free food service to people who are home quarantined.

PRAY

People die due to lack of oxygen and injections. They wait for long hours for ambulances to take them to hospitals.

In our city alone among the Christian community, in one week time we have lost more than 125 people. Some families have lost 4-5 members in few days time. Every morning our WhatsApp messages are filled with such messages. Sadly many of these people who died , we knew them personally. It is heart breaking because we can not go and hug them or give them a shoulder to cry on. We can not visit them in hospitals and can not attend the funerals. The intensity is worrying us. The Lord has to intervene now.

Pray that the Lord would visit India and His people in a new and fresh way.

With much grief, Koki & Johnny Desai

Ahmedabad, India

Spread the Blessing, Not the Virus

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From our partner Timothy Olonade:  On God’s Mission in the Covid-19 Era

Many know about Covid-19 global scourge. Yet not everyone knows of the Saving Strength of our Lord and King!

All through Jan to March 2020 when Covid-19 gained global notoriety, it slowed down but could not stop God’s Worldwide mission. In spite of its battering of individual lives and nations, locally and globally, God’s saving grace remains undiminished worldwide.

In our small corner, over 1,500 leaders were mobilized, trained and equipped with mentoring and discipleship skills to participate in engaging and expanding God’s frontier mission in all spheres of life.

The true measure of our faith is not really that we survived the Covid-19 in Q1 2020, but that we’ll gain wisdom and strength to live each day in the coming months. Taking it as a precious gift from our timeless God. Though things may get worse before they get better! With God, getting better they will!

Starting from 1st April we must rise in faith to spread the blessing, not the virus; spread hope and faith, not despair and panic; and spread His grace and mercy, to a world trapped in gloomy mess.

Now that the glamour of the world dims, let’s promote His global glory and His salvation for all peoples. We can send you a personal copy of ​our “7 Simple Ways to Spread the Blessing in Covid-19 Era” if you ask.

Some of our partners, church/ministry members and friends are already doing this. Not giving in into despair – they’re giving their treasure to God’s mission in this trying time.

Do you know that God is never in a panic mode over any temporary chaos in any generation, no matter the magnitude? We believe this pandemic will result in God’s global fame, revival and the awakening we’ve been praying for. How? The Eternal God is your refuge and underneath you are His everlasting arms!

Together we’re coming out strong, safe and secure in the hollow of His hand!

God’s Servant & Yours,

Timothy Olonade
Jos, Nigeria

An Update From the Philippines

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Last Sunday, most churches did not meet to gather for worship in Metro Manila. The government ordered the restriction of mass gathering events starting March 15 to April 15. I led a contemplative worship online and planned to do it for a month. Then suddenly this afternoon, the whole of Metro Manila is placed on lockdown. We are forced to stay home.

I prayed to slow down and welcomed cancellation of my several travels to spend more time in prayer, writing and planning on what’s next for Mercy and me in this decade. But staying in our home for a month is not what I asked the Lord.

I don’t know what opportunity this virus-crisis will bring. Working from the sideline is not easy. I can only say now that perhaps God wants to make many global servants of the Lord realize that great things will happen in His Kingdom when they are on the sideline.

We all need godly wisdom to serve in this period of not being able to do what we prayed for and planned. Maybe God wants to bring success in our ministries by making us feel “useless.”

In prayer…
Herman Moldez
Manila, Philippines