#PraytoEndCOVID19: SIM family to pray for end of coronavirus

By Tianna Haas | International in Internacionales

"Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff support the 2019 nCoV response in the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)." Photo and caption by CDC.

SIM will hold a worldwide day of prayer on Wednesday, March 11, in response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 – and we invite you to join us.

SIM International Director Joshua Bogunjoko launched the call to prayer, saying: “As many organisations and nations respond to the COVID-19 crisis, let us set aside March 11 to lift them and those affected by the virus before God. What seems to us to be a desperate situation is not impossible for God. May our prayers be heard and used by God to accomplish the impossible.”

"Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist public health partners in responding to the novel (new) coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan, China." Photo and caption by CDC.

The virus first appeared in China at the end of 2019 and has now spread around the world. The World Health Organization is treating it as a public health emergency of international concern.

The coronavirus has altered the lives of many, as Dr. Bogunjoko points out: “Our desire is for prayers to be raised continually on behalf of those infected and affected by the coronavirus, for the sick and dying, for the courageous health workers, for grieving families, for pastors trying to serve their churches and communities in China and beyond, for government officials and decision-makers who formulate policies and responses, for protection for those working in educating communities, and for all those waking up each day to the impact of COVID-19.

Family wears protective face masks due to coronavirus outbreak in Macau, China. Photo by Macau Photo Agency.

Though we are troubled, we do not despair. Though we grieve, we are not without great hope. For two millennia, the church has prioritised the sick and marginalised. We are called to do no less today. COVID-19 is another opportunity for the church to do what it does best, serve those who are in need in the name of the Lord and bring hope and light to dark places and circumstances.” (Read the full letter.)

With the hashtag #PraytoEndCOVID19, SIM hopes to connect prayer participants across social media platforms. Please join us in reserving March 11 for concerted prayer, and follow our #PraytoEndCOVID19 prayer guide to find out how to lift up those affected by the coronavirus.