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Global: churches asked to pray

April 2020

Christian in Wuhan, China
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Christians from China, South Korea, Italy, and elsewhere have asked churches across the globe to pray as their cities continue to be locked down in the fight against Covid-19.

Pastor Andrea Artioli, of Sola Grazia Church, Mantua, Italy, called the situation ‘shocking’. He said, ‘I have received an official document where the Sola Grazia church cannot meet up. People are stockpiling food.

‘Please pray as we face this unexpected event in our town, and that the Lord may give us more freedom and an open door to spread the gospel.’

Immensely courageous Christians in Wuhan, Hubei Province – the Chinese city at the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak – have been putting the care of their neighbours above their own safety as they seek to help everyone in need.

Reports from Barnabas Fund have revealed how brave believers are risking their own health to hand out protective masks, gloves, and hygiene supplies to panicked and desperate people on the streets of the quarantined city.

Protective masks have become the most valuable items in Wuhan. Supplies have gone from every shelf in every shop. Christians have been choosing to go without to give masks to others in need so they can share the gospel of Christ with people they meet.

Christian leaders infected with the virus, some still hospitalised in Wuhan, have contacted Barnabas Fund to ask for prayer and help with their basic needs as they recover.

Meanwhile, in South Korea, the leader of the cultish Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu has apologised publicly for his role in allowing the spread of the virus.

The outbreak in South Korea centred on Daegu after a 61-year-old Shincheonji congregant is believed to have infected many other worshipers during services.

As reported in The New York Times, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said by early March 63.5 percent of all confirmed cases in the country were ‘related to Shincheonji’.