Christians Offering Practical, Medical and Spiritual Help in Wuhan Corona Crisis.
by Nick Bishop
We have all seen and heard throughout the media about the Coronavirus. Its rapid spread has caused great alarm among many countries. So what exactly is it?
Coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses, from the common cold to more severe diseases like the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). This strain of Coronavirus is a new virus that formerly, did not affect humans.
Worldwide there have been 82,524 cases, 2,182 deaths and those who have recovered 33,186 to date. According to WHO (World Health Organisation), China has now got on top of the disease (if Chinese figures are to be believed), and cases of people being infected are on the decline.
Everyone is advised to thoroughly wash their hands and cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Common signs are respiratory problems, fever, cough, which can lead to pneumonia, severe acute syndrome, kidney failure and in the worst-case scenario, death.
The disease originated in Wuhan, China, and spread around the globe. The Chinese government, at first it seems, tried, to cover up the disease, but, eventually got on board with helping the people. Christians in Wuhan got a headstart on the government and were among the first in helping those suffering from Coronavirus. Many believe that the efforts of Christians on the ground have put the government to shame.
Christians have been setting up helplines for information about the disease, and they have been giving the major hospital in Wuhan gloves, masks and other protective gear. As well as helping the populace in Wuhan, they have been handing out leaflets about Christ.
Behind the campaign to bring people to God and helping the Coronavirus crisis is Pastor Luo. Pastor Luo has been doing missionary work for 10 years in Wuhan. Pastor Luo has seen the opportunity that coronavirus has provided, not only demonstrating the love and compassion of Christians but bringing people to faith in God.
As well as practical help in Wuhan, Christians have been praying, fasting and meditating for divine intervention and breakthrough.
Finally, Christians in Wuhan are turning a desperately depressing situation into a hopeful one. Let us pray for a positive outcome not only in Wuhan but worldwide.
As expected, sincere prayer and acts of sacrificial kindness are making a difference.
Philippians 4:6-7 ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’.
God bless you xxx.
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