SIM has taken urgent steps to respond appropriately to the growing spread of COVID-19 and help its workers and the communities they serve.
The coronavirus first appeared in China at the end of 2019 and has now spread around the world. Most countries have placed towns and cities in lockdown and there is widespread disruption to travel. Governments have warned the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better and there will be increased strain on healthcare workers, especially those serving on the front lines.
In February, SIM International established a Crisis Management Team (CMT) to manage the response and provide timely information and advice to all SIM workers.
The CMT includes a medical team with expertise in public health and epidemiology, crisis management and security experts, people care staff, communicators and others. The team has issued a “Frequently Asked Questions” document, which provides measured advice about the best ways to respond to the situation.
“We are seeking to reassure and inform all our workers and the people they work among. In all, we trust God to work out his purposes in his world, knowing that he is sovereign,” says Tim Allan, International Communications Director.
On March 11, SIM International Director Joshua Bogunjoko launched a call to prayer in response to the crisis, saying: "What seems to us to be a desperate situation is not impossible for God. May our prayers be heard and used by God to accomplish the impossible.
"Prayer knows no boundary, no quarantine, no confinement. Prayer knows no travel ban or city blockade. Prayer is still the work and COVID-19 is another opportunity for the church to do what it does best, serve those who are in need in the name of the Lord and bring hope and light to dark places and circumstances.”
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Pray for unity, courage, wisdom, and discernment for the International Director and his Crisis Management Team.
Pray continuously for those infected and affected by the coronavirus.
Pray our workers will know God is ‘our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’