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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

Here are the latest updates on how the coronavirus is affecting International Needs partners around the world and how you can be praying. Information will be updated as it becomes available, so check back often.

Updates are alphabetical by country.


Bangladesh

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Updates:

  • *Government mandated shutting down residential/non-residential education facilities through April 4
  • *All IN Bangladesh educational facilities have been closed through April 4
  • *IN Bangladesh communicated with parents of each child asking if they want to take their child; those children without a parent will remain in INBD custody
  • *IN Bangladesh has given cash to parents to buy food/hygiene items
  • *IN Bangladesh may transfer funds to parents via BKash, financial transaction via phone
  • *Cost of groceries has already doubled
  • *All projects and office activities need to close down

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for knowledge and wisdom as they abide by government mandates, but also want to do what is best for the children
  • * As they work to help provide food and hygiene items for sponsored children, that the Lord will provide. Grocery costs have already doubled.


Burkina Faso

Updates:

  • * Cannot have any large gatherings through April
  • * Cities are on lockdown - no church, no markets, no school; due to extreme poverty, people will suffer
  • * The clinic is open, but no COVID-19 test kits; people are referred to government hospital

Prayer Requests:

  • * Protection for the staff of the medical clinic
  • * As markets are closed, pray that people in Burkina Faso would still have access to food


Colombia

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Updates:

  • * Government ordered quarantined 3/25 - 4/18
  • * Rose of Sharon students are doing some work from home

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray that people in the community will be curious about what the church is doing with Facebook Live and the Spirit will move them as they listen
  • * Pray for families in La Playa who rely on daily wages from informal work to provide food for their families
  • * Pray for wisdom for Martha and Jose as they continue to minister during this challenging time


Czech Republic

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Updates:

  • * Schools are closed, possibly through June
  • * IN Czech Republic staff are working from home
  • * Meetings of more than 30 people prohibited for 30 days
  • * Healthy Youth workers are interacting with youth via electronic media
  • * Anticipate when schools reopen they will make up for lost time and HY lectures will not be priority
  • * Schools contribute 30% to Healthy Youth costs so INCZ will be short funding because schools are closed

Prayer Requests:

  • * Healthy Youth workers who are creatively staying connected to the youth electronically
  • * With schools being closed, there is a loss of funding for Healthy Youth workers


Egypt

Updates:

  • * Pastors in rural churches rely on weekly offerings for their salaries. Because churches are not able to meet, these pastors are suffering.
  • * The economic situation in Egypt is very bad. Many people rely on a daily wage and for nearly one month they have had no income. People are struggling to feed their children.
  • * A week ago Sawsan received a phone call from a lady who was nine months pregnant. Her husband lost his job and they had no money. She was in labor, but did not have money to go to the hospital. Sawsan was able to provide money to this family so they could go to the hospital. This week Sawsan received a call from this lady. She shared news about her healthy baby boy and expressed deep gratitude.
  • * Everything is shut down; schools closed until September
  • * Meeting needs of daily living is struggle for many families; Sawsan is receiving calls from women asking for help because they can't feed their families; they are helping as able
  • * Nathan's church is preparing 1,000 bags of food for needy people
  • * Heavy rains resulted in severe flooding; houses have collapsed leaving families homeless, others without electricity and water

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for the many families who are without an income and are struggling to provide food for their children
  • * Pray for the pastors throughout Egypt who are facing hardship as they are not receiving their salaries
  • * Pray for the precious baby that was just born. May the Lord grant this family health and provision
  • * Many women reaching out, asking for help with feeding their families
  • * Recent flooding left families homeless or without electricity and water


Ethiopia

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray that the evangelists would still have opportunity to share the gospel and that the hearts of the people would be open to hearing this message


Ghana

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Updates:

  • * Fear is dominant in the villages
  • * Many villages are not welcoming any visitors
  • * No vehicles are traveling in the Oti region which has disrupted the supply chain
  • * Markets in parts of the Volta and the Greater Accra regions have been closed down; these markets serve as a major source of income for rural families
  • * IN Ghana has created a WhatsApp page for children who attend IN Ghana
    schools where staff can check in with students and encourage them
  • * Students have been given some school work to do at home
  • * There has been little rain which makes an already challenging

    situation even more difficult for people in rural communities

  • * Schools are closed for an indefinite period
  • * Government announced lockdown of Accra and Kumasi
  • * All schools and churches are closed
  • * No gatherings of more than 25 people
  • * No funerals, but burials are allowed with less than 25 people
  • * IN Ghana suspended all community activities
  • * CEED is closed
  • * Connecting with families remotely and assessing level of support can extend to them
  • * Working with bankers to transfer money to families thru mobile money
  • * IN Ghana office is closed and staff are working remotely

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for strong faith that will not waver
  • * May people look to the Lord instead of false gods
  • * Pray for the Lord's provision as many families have little to no income
  • * Pray for rain to water the crops
  • * Pray for peace over the people in Ghana. There is a lot of anxiety.
  • * Pray for IN Ghana staff as they connect with parents of sponsored children and assess how they can help the families during this time
  • * Pray for all of the children and students across Ghana who are not in school; may they feel the Lord's protection and peace


India

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Updates:

  • * The lockdown as been extended until May 3rd
  • * Sano Diyo family is doing well and trying to stay busy
  • * ACTS head office is closed and hoping to reopen April 1st
  • * All schools are closed
  • * Total lockdown until April 14th
  • * All of the girls are still at Sano Diyo
  • * Sano Diyo staff was asked not to report to work because of lockdown
  • * Prasanna and Arpana Khaling are trying to keep the girls busy cooking, cleaning, games, movies, but the girls still feel the pressure of the situation

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for protection from the virus for all that are at Sano Diyo
  • * Pray for the girls at Sano Diyo as they are struggling to understand what is going on; may they be filled with peace

Kenya

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Updates:

  • * Food baskets were distributed to some primary, secondary and university students
  • * Most people in Kibera are not wearing face masks because they are too expensive ($2 per mask). Some families are sharing one mask for the whole family to use.
  • * There is a curfew in Nairobi from 7pm-5am
  • * IN staff are calling students every two weeks to connect with them
  • * People are struggling to pay rent, which puts them at risk of being evicted
  • * There is unrest in Kibera; with nothing to do and nothing to eat, some people are beginning to riot
  • * People are required to wear a face mask when leaving their homes; they may be arrested if they are caught without a face mask
  • * IN Kenya provided hand soap to all sponsored children's families
  • * Food baskets were given to all sponsored high school students
  • * IN Kenya is hoping to distribute food baskets every two weeks
  • * The situation in Kibera is getting worse every day as people are indoors with no means to survive
  • * Schools & the Saturday Bible Clubs are not in session
  • * Food baskets were distributed March 26 & 27

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for families as they have to stay inside together and many of them live in very small spaces; may they be filled with grace and patience
  • * May God put an end to this, shortening the lockdown period
  • * Pray for relief for the people of Kibera
  • * Pray that the enemy would not use the lockdown to spread despair, but God's hope would fill the streets of Kibera
  • * Pray for the Lord's provision for the children in Kibera
  • * Pray for the provision of food, soap, and face masks
  • * Pray for the pastors in Kibera - may the Lord equip them as they serve their communities during this time
  • * Wisdom for IN Kenya team as they work to provide necessary food to children and their families within the government's guidelines
  • * Pray for the families in Kibera as parents may be out of work and resources are scarce

Nepal

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Updates:

  • * The government extended the lockdown to April 27
  • * The staff connect electronically at 11am every day for prayer
  • * Due to the lockdown, families who rely on daily wages to provide food for their families are struggling to provide nourishment
  • * Some community workers are providing food to communities through their churches
  • * One community worker, who is a pastor, has granted permission for the local government to use his church for a quarantine center
  • * Community workers are making phone calls to educate people about corona virus and telling them to stay home for everyone's safety
  • * Lydia trainees were given educational material on COVID-19 so they could help educate people in their villages when they returned home
  • * The Lydia students were given assignments to work on from home
  • * Two of the Lydia students have started sewing face masks
  • * National lock-down until April 7
  • * Working from home, but 2 staff in the office
  • * Sponsorship coordinator Rabindra is in contact with INCAP kids/families and all are safe
  • * Lydia is closed and trainees were sent home

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for the families in Nepal that rely on daily wages in order to provide food for their families. Due to the lockdown, they are not able to earn wages to purchase food.
  • * Pray for the community workers throughout Nepal as they continue to share the love of Christ by providing food and making encouraging phone calls to people in the communities
  • * As people are quarantined at a rural church in Nepal, may they come to know Christ
  • * Praise God for one Lydia student who recently accepted Christ. May she continue to seek God and feel His presence in this time away from Lydia
  • * May the ministry in Nepal not be hampered by the current situation, but instead may IN Nepal be given opportunity to serve people in need
  • * Pray for IN Nepal staff as they connect with sponsored children's parents to encourage and provide support
  • * Pray for the Lydia students as they have returned home after less than two months in the program


Philippines

Updates:

  • * Luzon and Metro Manila are in lockdown
  • * Suspension of IN Phillipines office work and child sponsorship fieldwork

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for sponsored children and their families


Romania

Updates:

  • * Very busy with people in need - bringing food to elderly & organized time with children
  • * IN Romania donated money to hospital in Arad to buy a testing machine
  • * Partial lockdown of schools and churches
  • * They have 40 day prayer and fasting

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for IN Romania as they bring food to the elderly and organize activities for children; many people come to know Christ through these activities
  • * Pray for wisdom and discernment for the leadership of IN Romania


Slovakia

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Updates:

  • * Everything is closed for 2 weeks, probably longer
  • * No large gatherings so JAC Center is closed, which impacts funding
  • * Churches are meeting online
  • * Will continue production of Our Daily Bread

Prayer Requests:

  • * As they continue to produce Our Daily Bread, may these devotionals be a blessing to all who receive a copy


Sri Lanka

Updates:

  • * Government lockdown so office is operating remotely
  • * Communicating with and education communities on prevention and safety measures

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for staff as they are working to educate communities on prevention and safety measures related to COVID-19; may they share the love of Christ through these interactions


Turkey

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Updates:

  • * Children's programs and all church planting activities suspended
  • * Total lockdown of the country
  • * Church services are organized online
  • * A lot of fear and panic, even among the Christian community

Prayer Requests:

  • * One of the church planters is feeling ill; pray for his healing
  • * Pray for the Christian community in Turkey as this virus has increased fear and panic amid an already tumultuous situation within the country
  • * Pray for health and safety for the IN Turkey staff and their families


Uganda

Updates:

  • * The president of Uganda has extended the lockdown for another 21 days with hopes to reopen on May 5
  • * Schools closed on March 18; all community outreaches have been suspended
  • * Skeletal staff reports to office two days a week otherwise working remotely when possible
  • * Monday & Thursday of organized prayer

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for sponsored children and their families
  • * Pray for Justus as he leads IN Uganda through this challenging time


Vietnam

Updates:

  • * Due to the governments quarantine order, churches are meeting online
  • * Community workers are unable to visit the sick and those in the hospital
  • * There are some Christians making masks that say 'Jesus loves you' and distributing them to the poor

Prayer Requests:

  • * Pray for the recipients of the 'Jesus loves you' masks; may they come to believe this truth
  • * Pray for the many community workers; may they remain healthy and continue to have opportunities to share the gospel with their neighbors


Zambia

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Updates:

  • * Food baskets are being distributed to hungry sponsored children
  • * The government has extended the lockdown for an additional 14 days
  • * Cost of sanitizer and masks have increased and children at Misaka cannot afford these protections
  • * The food supply is limited
  • * Last month they used rice for food distribution which was more expensive causing them to be over budget
  • * Schools are closed & staff are not allowed to visit children
  • * Visa issuance is suspended; people coming from high-risk countries are not allowed entry
  • * No public gatherings of 50 or more people for the next 30 days

Prayer Requests:

  • * As the food supply is becoming limited, pray for the Lord's provision
  • * Pray for wisdom for Pastor Kunda as he works to develop a plan to provide food for the families of Misaka with limited resources
  • * Pray for sponsored children and their families
  • * Pray for the IN Zambia staff as they adjust to the current situation