On Tuesday the 28th of January, Chinese authorities confirmed the number of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak had now exceeded 100, an increase of nearly 60 percent overnight, with over 4,500 cases of infection.  The virus, which is thought to have originated from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan, central China, continues to spread to other regions, with isolated cases being discovered in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia. In an effort to slow down the spread of the virus, many cities in China have enforced travel bans. Wuhan, home to over 11 million people, has restricted all non-essential travel and businesses have stopped operations. Border control is checking people for symptoms of the virus before allowing travel between China’s provinces. Beijing has extended New Year’s celebrations by closing schools, businesses, and official institutions until the epidemic is under control. Despite these efforts, Chinese officials warned that there is still great risk of the virus spreading because the virus is contagious anywhere from 1 to 14 days. According to the World Health Organisation, there have been 47 confirmed cases outside of China as of 27 January, but none have resulted in fatalities.

From a Christian perspective, the churches in Wuhan have asked for churches and believers around the world to continue to lift the city of Wuhan, and China as a whole, up in prayer. The Back to Jerusalem movement published a prayer from a Wuhan church asking that believers stand together in prayer to ask for healing, security, and a quick containment of the virus. On 27 January, the Pope sent out a similar message in a prayer for those infected.

Pray with us for the following:

  • For a quick containment of the virus
  • For healing for those inflected
  • For the Church in Wuhan to see this as an opportunity to minister hope to those who fear this virus and its consequences