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A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE MINISTER OF CHRIST CHURCH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH (URC)

Dearly beloved in Christ Jesus, I am reaching out to encourage you in this unrivalled time of COVID-19. COVID-19, which began as an epidemic primarily in China is now a pandemic and continues to bring devastation to our world. We are indeed faced with a global emergency, and there is every indication that as a people, we are going to travel a rather long road before we get out of the woods. As you are aware, the outbreak in the UK is just as overwhelming as in other parts of the world. And it is now clear that the days ahead are going to require that we make significant changes to our way of life as we try to adhere to guidance of government. In this time of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, we must do what we do best as Christians; pray relentlessly for God’s intervention as we follow government directives. I will also like to encourage you to be vigilant and responsible, but caring at the same time. We can still be in the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities in different ways even as we are impelled to engage in social distancing. Let us continue to give thanks to God for all those who are working hard to overcome the impact of Covid-19. Our health professionals are doing an excellent job. And let us remember in prayer those whose lives have already been affected by COVID-19. Stay well, stay put, and let us all be responsible in whatever we do for our own sake and for the sake of others. But most importantly, let us be present to our loved ones even from a distance. May God who alone is the master healer protect each of us during this difficult time and continue to bless us. Finally, let me leave you with this Scripture passage: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Thank you.

REV. DR. CONFIDENCE BANSAH

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