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Covid19 Update - March

Covid19 has hit the world hard and fast. The health impacts of the pandemic have resulted in unprecedented travel restrictions and bans worldwide. Just as we face restrictions and challenges here in NZ, our people overseas and the communities they serve are also dealing with the consequences of the virus outbreak. While this may seem alarming, please know that NZBMS is monitoring the situation carefully, and Crisis Management Teams, in our South and South East Asia fields, have been set up to ensure the safety of our people.

At this stage, we have not decided to bring anyone home; however, our team have been advised that we will repatriate anyone who wishes to return to New Zealand.

Just like us, our overseas team and partners are trusting in God and praying for their communities where rumours and fear spread easily. There is genuine concern for the poor as foodstuffs become scarce, prices rise and jobs begin to disappear. Pray for them, their experience of God’s peace and leading and for their communities. Our teams overseas are actively planning their response to their communities.

A message from Alan Jamieson, General Director

We are in a global village. This bug is affecting us all -everywhere. Including the people we have sent into global mission work and their communities. We are in regular communication with them and very aware of the personal anxiety, community fear and economic impacts. Again, it is the vulnerable and poor who are hurt the most. The very people we are specifically called to love and who our people’s prayers and actions are focused on. As you encourage your church to pray this weekend we would ask that you specifically encourage them to pray for God’s people world-wide including those we have sent in global mission. There are some prayer resources attached that could be helpful to resource your church with.

We are in regular communication with our teams overseas. They are all aware that should they determine they need to come home we fully respect their decision and will support them return immediately. We have also set up Crisis Management Teams in specific countries. The appointed crisis team leaders are pulling together their teams, and making plans for how they will respond. Andrew, as head of Tranzsend, and I will be daily assessing the global risk factors and in contact with our crisis management teams in each country we work.

History shows that diseases like this have spread globally before and in these times some Christians have heard God’s voice and shone in prayer and actions to the surprise of society and drawing many to faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s pray that we too would hear God’s voice, pray and obey in our time to shine.