"Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?” - Isaiah 43:13
In a time of such exceptional change and uncertainty, we find strength and assurance in God. When life is turned upside down and even the act of planning seem pointless, His will is not turned back.
In Malawi, change has come as the result of a landmark presidential election. After last year's result was overturned by the court and following a year-long political impasse, the country has elected Rev Dr Lazarus Chakwera as its new president. In doing so, Malawi became the first African nation to challenge an election result in court and elect a different leader as a result.
President Chakwera leads a cross-party alliance promising great reform. There is great hope and anticipation in Malawi and we pray for the government and people of Malawi at this exciting time. In particular, we pray that promises and excitement translate into actions which benefit all Malawians.
At the same time, Malawi has not been immune to the effects of COVID-19 and the number of cases continues to rise. The WHO suggests that African nations won't see the peak of the pandemic until the end of July. The first test of this government will be to lead the nation through this global crisis.
Nurse Mwandid Nkhoma works with our partner, Palliative Care Support Trust, and is based at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. She shares the following prayer requests:
Three things for which we can give praise to God
Supportive donors who are standing with us during this pandemic.
Dedicated palliative care team members.
Low COVID-19 death rate in Malawi, representing 1.2% of reported cases
Three things to pray for
For God to eradicate COVID-19 pandemic for He has all the powers.
For frontline health workers - God to keep them safe, knowledgeable, compassionate and deliver them from anxiety they have.
For God to heal and help the sick and infected.