Seventh-day Adventists around the South Pacific are being encouraged to join a special day of prayer this Sabbath (September 11) focusing on the health of our countries.
The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across the South Pacific Division (SPD), including current lockdowns in New Zealand, Fiji and Australia. One of the countries hit hardest has been French Polynesia, where 20 Adventists have died.
South Pacific Division president Pastor Glenn Townend and Union presidents Pastors Terry Johnson, Maveni Kaufononga, Eddie Tupa’i and Malachi Yani are calling for prayer for those who have been impacted by COVID-19 through loss of life; restrictions of work and travel; the inability to connect with family and friends; and being with people of like faith face to face.
The leaders are also requesting prayers for the governments that are making decisions on the health and wellbeing of our communities; the health workers and systems; and the support departments.
“We also want people to pray for us as a Church that in this troubling time we will truly love each other and be known as a people who care for everyone affected—not just ourselves—and live and present love and hope as we have it in Jesus,” Pastor Townend said.
The special day of prayer coincides with the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s annual Week of Prayer, which began last Sabbath (September 4).