Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week we feature two more countries impacted by COVID-19 in the places where we live and work, Haiti and Kenya:
Haiti: We are grateful for this update from Guenson Charlot, the coordinator of the preaching movement in Haiti:
“In the last two weeks the cases of COVID-19 in Haiti have tripled. Every part of the country is affected now. The skepticism of our people towards the government’s management of the situation and the need for people to go out every day to get food to eat, coupled with our non-existent health care system, opens the way for COVID-19 to create an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in our country. We fear that hunger may prove to be more devastating than COVID-19. This reality causes many people to think that we are coming to a time when life in Haiti may be practically impossible to live, if God does not intervene for us.
Please pray with us. We feel that all our options are soon to be exhausted. Our resources are rapidly depleting. Our resilience and strength as a people are being stretched to the limit. We feel that our life is hanging on a tread. Pray for our church that the Lord will grant us more wisdom to know how to respond to this situation. Pray that the Lord uses this situation to draw the entire nation to himself.
On many occasions, the Bible records various situations where God’s people faced circumstances that were humanly impossible to resolve (cf. Exodus 13-14). But God showed up, displayed His power and glory by rendering the impossible possible. This is our hope. We take comfort in knowing that “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7 NLT). And we believe that He is able to do “a new thing, to make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (cf. Isaiah 43:19 NIV).”
Kenya: Mercy Ireri is our regional coordinator for East Africa and she provides us with this update:
“This is what was said about a week after the first positive case was registered in the country: “If we behave normally, this disease will treat us abnormally. Behaving normal under these circumstances is akin to having a death wish’’ (Ministry of Health, March 22nd). The government issued directives ‘to help us not keep behaving normally’ in order to curb the spread of the virus. These directives have disrupted our normal social, economic, religious and political life.
One of the stories that has been on the lips of many Kenyans is of a widow from the Coast. When she could no longer earn money from doing menial work in order to put food on the table for her eight children, she chose to boil stones in an attempt to fool her children into thinking she was cooking food. Eventually, the children fell asleep on empty stomachs. Then, in a discussion on the increase in gender-based violence in the family, a forensic psychologist recently observed that we have lost a whole way of life, especially for us in Africa who value community so much. In response to this sudden loss, there is ‘mass grief’ in our society, resulting in increased violence.
With our isolation from the warmth of christian fellowship, following the closure of all places of worship (and with many people unable to access online services), and with our anxiety around not knowing when the virus will end, my prayer is that we would know the Lord’s gracious care in every way during this crisis. Although these are such uncertain times, we place our hope in the unchanging God who is certain, whose ways are certain and who remains in control.”
Thanks for your prayers!
The Langham Preaching Team