Updated: Oct 2
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
It can seem that the struggles and challenges of our world are too easily reduced to statistics. The COVID-19 global pandemic has cost over 1 million people their lives and will have contributed to the loss of many, many more. Varying, sometimes conflicting, figures presented from political podiums and in news headlines can become overwhelming to us. Yet God knows each one, each life, each person and their circumstances.
The figures of hope are often drowned out by the ones that would bring fear. Each day, people are recovering from coronavirus in countless numbers. Our partners in Malawi, India and Nepal have been providing frontline services in response to COVID-19. They have also continued to safely deliver babies, to ensure cancer patients have access to pain relief and to care for the myriad health needs of their communities.
EMMS International recently marked the fact that thanks to your support, 89,373 poor and vulnerable people were given health and hope. The Lord God knows each one of them. He knows each nurse, midwife and doctor who cared for them. And He knows each person who has given and prayed to make this possible.
Let's give thanks together for:
All those who have received health and hope during the last year, that they continue to find strength and peace. We give thanks too for each healthcare worker who has committed themselves to serve the needs of their communities in this precious way.
The love of a Father who knows each one of us. Let the security of His care for us drive out all fear that our circumstances might bring.
Each person who intercedes in prayer and brings health and hope through giving and encouraging others to get involved.
Let's pray together for:
Those who continue to face uncertainty as a result of COVID-19 and the wider impact of the pandemic, that they would be comforted by God's individual concern for them.
All who are faithfully working to improve healthcare in resource-poor communities, that their work would grow and flourish even in these difficult times.