Last updated on: August 8, 2020 at 10:57 pm IST
Kohima, August 8: Amidst increasing cases of COVID-19, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), an apex church body in the State, Saturday has called all its affiliated churches to conduct an hour of family prayer for eight days from Sunday.
The family prayer should be conducted from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from August 9 to 16, said NBCC general secretary Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho.
He requested the believers to include the following four prayer concerns – Pray for strength and wellbeing of the COVID-19 frontline workers of Nagaland; Pray for the containment of COVID-19 disease in Nagaland and the world; Pray for the healing of COVID-19 positive people and Pray for God’s wisdom upon the political leaders and the future of Naga people.
The world today is going through an unprecedented time with situations such as the ‘new normal’ – SOP measures, lockdown, contact tracing etc and for the last five months, we have gone through different phases of life because of COVID-19, he said.
“We began with fear, stress and now we are facing the reality of the pandemic. Every day we see an increase in positive cases. Sadly, we have also faced the reality of death to the pandemic,” said the clergyman.
Though corporate worship has been suspended for the safety and welfare of the community, church members have been devoting themselves in prayer, intercession and fasting, he said.
Rev Keyho also said that the church’s collaboration with the government and all other stakeholders in the state have been pivotal in sustaining the fight against this deadly pandemic so far.
“And in as much as we pray for ourselves, we also pray for the frontline workers for God’s protection, among them we pray for the medical fraternity who are out there 24×7 taking care of the patients,” he said.
Today the doctors, nurses and all categories of health workers are placed in very stressful and frightening work environments where they are often under-protected, overworked and vulnerable to infection themselves, he said.
As much as they love and long to be home with their loved ones they do not have the luxury to do that because they have to be out there on our behalf even in odd times, he said.
However, Rev Keyho said it is painful to hear of reports that some members of the medical fraternity have been harassed and even evicted from their colonies and homes or restrictions placed on their mobility.
“At this crucial juncture we need a whole-of-society resolve that we will not let our frontline soldiers be harassed or become patients themselves,” he said.
The NBCC general secretary called upon all to do everything to support health workers who, despite their own well-founded fears, are stepping directly into COVID-19’s path to take care of the patients and help stop the spread of the virus.
“As we follow government norms and SOPs let us also show our unflinching support to the medical fraternity,” he said while appealing church and colony leaders to educate their members and be helpful to the frontline workers.
Calling upon all not to give up on each other and on God, Rev Keyho said God has surely been merciful to us and has answered our prayers in more ways than we can realize.
It is, therefore, important for the Church to respond in acts of compassion and understanding during these trying times, he said.
“The generation after us must know that we were there for each other during the global crisis such as this. Let us come forward to support Covid-19 positive people and their families and not stigmatize them,” urged Rev Keyho. (Page News Service)