South Sudan confirmed its first case of coronavirus on 6th April. Rt Revd Moses Zungo, the Bishop of Maridi, has written to us with news and prayer requests for the diocese:
Please pray for:
- The prices of commodities in the Market is now alarming for the local people to afford. We do not know for how long people are going to be in lockdown. Pray for the displaced people who are still sharing a household and food with the host communities in Maridi.
- Bishops, pastors, evangelists who depend on the Christians support. They are asked by the directives of the Primate to keep the light of gospel burning in the Churches by having daily prayers in the churches for their situation and their Christians. Pray that they may have means of food and soap.
- Pray for Maridi students Rev Godfree Noel, Rev.William Adam and Joseph Saba who are cut off from their families in Uganda when the borders closed. They are now in Uganda with strangers and without food and their families in stress in Maridi.
- Pray that God will continue to show us his favor and love and that these communities who are still in total darkness may not experience the situation of coronavirus. We have just emerged from war and lives of people depend on the support of others like you who are praying and supporting us.
- The light of Christ’s gospel is still burning in Maridi, as we inter Holy week tomorrow, we still uplift Christ as our King and Savior , “Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna … save us now, save us now, save us now … Jesus”.
My encouragement to you all is “Be wise to take the necessary precautions,’’ but at the same time, pray the prayer of protection found in Psalms 91 daily. I encourage all believers in your parish to speak the promises of God’s protection over themselves and their entire household and church.
I’m reminded of a wonderful Scripture in Psalms 46:1-3 (NIV) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging”. With all my heart, I believe we continue to serve a good God who has already been to tomorrow and knows the rest of the story. While we continue to have great faith in God, we also must use our God-given wisdom during these times.
Bishop Moses Zungo and Mama Rejoice