As I reflect on the state of our world today, my heart breaks when I look at the number of people who have been affected by the coronavirus. The numbers are staggering as of today, over 3 million people infected and over 200,000 dead. Death is no longer faraway, as it can knock on our doors at any moment as health professionals scrabble to come up with a cure. The good news is that there are over 900,000 people who have recovered from this virus!
As believers, we should be encouraged by the apostle Paul’s words in Romans, “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries for tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
Around the world, a sense of hopelessness has paralysed some people and there is an urgent need for us as believers to direct them to God’s living word. His word awakens hope in us and empowers us to face our future with boldness. The reality is that he alone holds our future in the palm of his hands. The current lockdowns have forced SU teams around the world to adapt our outreach methods so that new channels, including social media platforms can be used to bring the good news to children and young people.
As you read this Prayer Diary, please be mindful of the hundreds of volunteers across the world who link hearts and arms with our small team of staff members so that more young people can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Field Development Director – Anglophone Africa