On Sunday the 15th of March, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation with regards to the coronavirus outbreak. He said the coronavirus constitutes a grave emergency which would have a lasting impact on the economy, and announced a number of stringent measures to protect South Africans and to try and reduce the impact of the virus on society. Local medical observers have praised Mr Ramaphosa’s lockdown. Only 85 cases of the virus have been reported and no-one has died of the virus in South Africa yet. Although the number of confirmed cases in South Africa is relatively low compared to other countries, economists are warning that the knock-on effect on the nation’s economy of the global virus scare is likely to be profound.

From a Christian perspective, believers can play a vital and strategic role during times of national crisis. They can begin by actively adhering to government directives and proactively defending their families and communities, while not losing sight of the Lord’s directives to love one’s neighbours and to make disciples. How we ‘do church’ might temporarily change, but we remain a worshipping community, called to be salt and light, in all seasons.  Primarily, in this season of heightened fear, we are called to approach this challenge with calmness and a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), which comes from the Lord. May the way that we face and tackle this challenge be God-honouring and reflective of a people who serve an all-powerful God.

Pray with us for the following:

  • For the government and those on the medical frontline, as they face a variety of challenges
  • For the Church in South Africa to actively seek ways to assist during this season
  • For believers to find their peace in Christ and reflect it to those around them




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