Rev. Bob Akroyd, Chairman of the Mission Board
Tearfund, in conjunction with the Disasters Emergency Committee, has just launched an appeal on behalf of communities in the developing world and in the global south which are dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic.
Here in Scotland we have so many blessings such as the NHS and our extensive social care system but those who are already dealing with extreme poverty and dislocation are particularly vulnerable to the Corona Virus. For example, Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, is the largest refugee camp in the world with almost a million Rohingya refugees who have fled persecution. Cox’s Bazar has an average population density of at least six times that of Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. Sanitation and hygiene facilities were already inadequate and social distancing is impossible.
One of Tearfund's straplines is 'following Jesus where the the need is greatest.' Now is one of those times. In response to Tearfund’s appeal to step up hygiene and education work in response to coronavirus pandemic, the Free Church of Scotland has just donated £10,000 from its Disaster Relief Fund. We aregrateful to those throughout the church who have contributed to this fund over the year which enables this donation to be made immediately.
If you would like to make a further donation in support of Tearfund’s work responding to coronavirus around the world, please visit www.tearfund.org/covidinfo
To everyone reading this, can I ask you to please pray for these communities served by Tearfund and for their locally based partners and churches so that lives can be saved and even greater tragedy averted.
In the words of Psalm 62, ‘My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.’
Congregations and individuals are encouraged to pray for those in poorer areas of the world who will be hit hardest by this pandemic and to donate to the Free Church Disaster and Relief Fund, to enable us to continue to respond to such emergencies.
To donate online, please click here.