Africa
Inland Mission

COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated: 3 April 2020

Prayer for the AIM Europe office:

Last week the UK Government published its temporary Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by Covid-19. Essentially the scheme means that employees can be placed on furlough with the Government paying 80% of their usual salary. On 31st March, five members of staff agreed to be furloughed under this scheme, which will run until the at least the end of May, and will be reviewed by the Government at that point. In solidarity with them, the Leadership Team have all agreed to take a 20% pay cut for the duration of the furlough. The decisions to furlough staff and for the Leadership Team to take the above pay cut have been taken now, to give us the best opportunity to sustain our activities and staffing levels in the future.

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.

Currently none of our UK members or staff are sick with Covid-19, however families are being affected and some are undertaking voluntary self-isolation. Please join us in praying for all who are sick that they will have access to the care and treatment they need. Pray for peace and perseverance amidst suffering. Pray for those in isolation who are cut off from their normal routines and support systems, that they would seek their strength in Jesus.

On Tuesday, 17th March, our Nottingham office was closed in line with government recommendations and all staff are working from home. We will be working to provide the best service that we can to both members and supporters but that might look slightly different as we adjust to remote working. Please pray for us as a staff team that we would remain united in Christ as our roles and responsibilities alter during the pandemic.

Prayer for Africa:

Pray for Africa, that governments will make wise decisions and that the pandemic won’t spread. Pray for those who can’t afford, or don’t have access to, the facilities needed to limit the spread of infection.

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. Pray for protection and mercy.

Long and short term missionary prayer:

We have felt an immediate effect from the pandemic on our short term programme. Pray for those whose placements have been put on hold, as their plans for the coming months are changing radically and rapidly. Pray for us in the European office and Internationally to use this time wisely as we invest in improving the programme for the future. 

Pray that AIM’s sending offices will be able to continue to help our missionaries and be effective support to those practicing social distancing around the world. AIM Europe’s Personnel team and our Short Term Administrator are continuing to serve our missionaries by keeping them connected with the office and updating them on current situations.

 Some of our long term missionaries managed to leave Africa before borders closed and are now embarking on early home assignments. Pray that this time in the UK would be restful and that they find methods to connect with supporters as well as sending and supporting churches.

• Other long term missionaries visiting the UK for conferences or who were on home assignment have been unable to return to their ministry countries in Africa. Pray that they would find ways to connect into the work that’s happening in Africa, and that they would adjust well to this big change in their plans.

Pray that long term missionaries who are staying in Africa will know how best to serve and be a witness to their communities in the middle of the pandemic.

Please particularly pray for missionaries working in healthcare settings. Pray that Christian hospitals will be a beacon of light in a dark time. Pray that staff and institutions may clearly demonstrate the hope we have in this life and in eternity.

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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