Africa
Inland Mission

COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated: 2 October 2020

Prayer for the AIM Europe office:

Our members of staff who agreed to be furloughed under the UK Government’s temporary Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have now returned to their full contracted hours. As you know, the Leadership team took a cut in salary at the beginning of lockdown in solidarity with our furloughed colleagues, now, to best protect us against the inevitable economic downturn the Leadership team have agreed not to return to their previous salary levels for the next 12 months after which the situation will be reviewed.

Over recent years the general fund, which sustains the work of the European mobilising office, has seen declining numbers of both donors and amounts given. As many of you know this led to difficult decisions last year with a number of staff being made redundant. We recognise that this pandemic will have a wide-ranging effect on many people’s lives and livelihoods. Please pray for us as a team as we work out the best ways to fundraise during this time of economic crisis, and that we would keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as the supplier of our every need.

 Give thanks that currently none of our UK members or staff are sick with Covid-19.

On Tuesday, 17th March, our Nottingham office was closed in line with government recommendations and all staff continue to work from home. We anticipate that we will continue to work from home until at least March 2021. Please pray for us as a staff team that we would remain united in Christ as our roles and responsibilities alter during the pandemic.

Long and short term missionary prayer:

Flights have started to open up in some African countries, but whether or not missionaries are actually able to fly changes all the time due to changes in country restrictions and airlines cancelling flights based on capacity. Pray for missionaries wanting to travelling both to return to ministry and for those now hoping to return for home assignments that they would have the ability to adapt to plans not being definite and trust in God’s control over everything. 

Pray for missionaries who want to be able to return to the field/go to their first assignment, but can’t yet. Pray for wisdom to decide when is the right time to travel, and what they can do while they are in their home countries for an extended time.

 Pray for churches across Africa, where virtual meetings often aren’t possible, and for church leaders as they make difficult decisions about how and when to open. Pray that Christians would hold firm to the faith and that the fear of the pandemic wouldn’t cause them to falter. Pray that they would offer certain hope to anxious communities.

 Pray that all our long term missionaries in Africa will know how best to serve and be a witness to their communities in the middle of the pandemic. Pray for them as they grapple with online connections especially in areas where internet signal is weak or intermittent.

 Rift Valley Academy is teaching the first term of this academic year online. Pray for teachers as they manage the technology to do this, and for children and parents as they deal with these changes too. Pray particularly for the young people losing their community, that they would know God’s upholding in these difficult times.

 Give thanks that we are able to offer short term help from the UK to Rift Valley Academy as they teach online. Please continue to pray for other short termers whose placements have been put on hold, as their plans for the coming months are changing radically and rapidly. 

Prayer for Africa:

For resources to help children pray for the current situation, click here.

 Give thanks that the spread of Covid-19 still appears to be remaining low, with relatively low numbers of cases and deaths. You can find more information about Covid-19 in Africa through using this tool created by the BBC to measure the spread in Africa. 

 Restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19 are still in place across much of the continent of Africa. With very little government help for the multitudes who are losing earnings. In some areas, Islamic extremists are taking advantage of the disruption to advance their agendas. Please pray that the virus would be stopped in its tracks and that local economies would be quickly restored. 

Please continue to pray for those serving as healthcare providers across the continent. There are simply not enough resources and equipment in Africa to deal with the size of outbreak that we have seen in Europe and the USA. Many healthcare providers have been on standby to provide an emergency response since March and the prolonged levels of stress are taking their toll.

General prayer for the UK and all countries affected by the pandemic:

Pray for health workers who are caring for those with Covid-19. Pray for their protection from the virus, for stamina during long and intense work hours, and for safe protocols to be observed in healthcare institutions in order to keep them protected. Pray for health workers to seek the Lord during this crisis.

Pray for church leaders serving their churches and communities affected and infected by Covid-19. We pray that the Holy Spirit would give these shepherd-leaders the right words for the right time and the right actions for each situation. Pray they would speak the gospel in heart, word and deed to each person they minister to.

Pray for the body of Christ worldwide, that although church will look very different in many places, that churches would rise up to pray and to support the sick and their caregivers in practical and sacrificial ways. Pray for the church to be a light on a hill in hospitals, communities and cities where God has placed them. Pray for an outpouring of love, compassion and service, in Jesus’ name.

Pray for government officials and decision-makers who are leading countries and organisations through the crisis. We acknowledge that the Lord has allowed each one to be in a place of influence during this time. Pray they would mobilise resources quickly and effectively to where they are most needed. Pray for all those working behind the scenes and for the good administration and execution of response efforts worldwide.

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