Last updated on March 31, 2020
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17
It’s an unprecedented time in history. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all our lives. The Coronavirus does not discriminate, and no one is immune. We are all aware of the challenges we’re facing as individuals, families, and as a global community.
In this time of uncertainty, we are drawn together and compelled to help others.
At World Concern, it is our priority that in everything we do, we lift up the name of Jesus and glorify God. Our ministry is focused on reaching, protecting, and serving the most vulnerable people in the hardest places in the world. It’s also focused on ministering to our supporters, partners, and staff.
Right now, we’re taking steps to protect those we serve. Our headquarters staff is working remotely and international travel has been suspended. Our country offices are implementing measures to protect the health of staff. Our field teams are integrating COVID-19 messages and hygiene promotion within our community-based programs, such as care groups, nutrition programs, savings groups, and child protection programs.
A major concern for our teams and partners, especially in crisis and conflict-affected places, is that decreases in funding, disruption of essential supply availability, and government restrictions could disrupt life-saving and life-sustaining assistance. More than anything, we want to continue serving these vulnerable communities, some of which depend on humanitarian assistance to survive. We want to keep serving these crisis and conflict-affected families, which is especially difficult right now.
Many people are experiencing high levels of fear and anxiety. Some of the people we serve have lived in crisis, fear, and uncertainty for most of their lives. They need our prayers and support as they face this latest challenge – a global pandemic that threatens lives.
Please pray that God would continue to bless and protect these vulnerable children, moms, dads, and communities we’re serving together. The vast majority of them have no government assistance, extremely limited or no access to healthcare, and many of them don’t know Jesus… This is their greatest need (and ours), so please pray that God would use this to increase His ministry in these hard places. Pray that many – here in North America, in our families and communities, and in remote villages around the world, would turn to Him afresh, or maybe for the first time.
If you feel led, please prayerfully consider giving to ensure critical, life-saving work can continue in places of greatest need beyond the end of the road. You can give online here: worldconcern.org/criticalneeds
Vice President, World Concern