With the deadly coronavirus outbreak spreading, Christians around the world are taking precautions while publicly observing Lent, as a prominent international mission organization, Gospel for Asia (GFA) calls on believers to pray and fast for the end of COVID-19 that has killed over 2,700 people.
GFA created a Lent devotional calendar online that includes daily prayers and Bible readings as Christians remember the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert, as recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
“We are encouraging and asking Christians around the world to pray and ask for God’s mercy and grace: for those affected by the coronavirus, for their protection and strength, for the doctors who are faithfully working to bring healing and hope and for wisdom for the leaders in the nations that are dealing with this tragedy,” Danny Yohannan, GFA vice president, told Fox News.
“While we know there are many who are working around the clock to find a cure, this outbreak is global in its impact and a tragedy that we should all care about and be concerned for.”
In addition to the deadly coronavirus outbreak that has halted Masses in the Phillippines, South Korea, and Italy, GFA encourages Christians to also pray for victims of sex trafficking, children enslaved in forced labor, and others suffering cruel injustice.
“Our world today desperately needs God’s intervention and grace,” Yohannan said in a statement.
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