We are deeply saddened that within the global Compassion family, children, family members and staff members of local church partners have passed away from COVID-19. Please pray that God would comfort these affected families and communities they grieve.
Please also continue to pray for those who are impacted by this pandemic. Medical professionals predict the worst may be yet to come for the developing world, which is under-resourced for testing and caring for COVID-19 patients. This means that tracking the full impact on Compassion, particularly the children and families we serve, will be increasingly difficult in the weeks and months to come. We are doing our best to keep you informed of the effect this crisis is having on Compassion’s ministry while also continuing to respect the privacy of children, their families and our local church partners. Thank you for your continued understanding, support and prayers.
We Rise as One
For children living in extreme poverty, everything about COVID-19 is magnified: the risk, the fear, the uncertainty, the life-and-death realities.
But together, we will rise as one to protect the world’s most vulnerable and provide desperately needed food, shelter and hygiene supplies. Their survival depends on it.
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[Update as of July 29, 2020 at 8:17 p.m. EST]
How has Compassion responded to the pandemic, globally?
Since the global shutdown, Compassion Canada, with its international partners and the local church, has provided urgent care to communities most impacted by the pandemic. Together, we have:
- Delivered more than 3.7 million food packs
- Given over 2.4 million hygiene kits
- Assisted more than 161,000 individuals to access medical care
You can find detailed information about our response in each country where we serve below:
All of the countries where we work are striving to slow the spread of the coronavirus through restrictions on public gatherings or quarantines. Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from those countries, and how the new guidelines are affecting Compassion programming. Please continue to check back to this page for further updates.
On July 2, Bangladesh reported its highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period. Restrictions on public activities and movement across the country remain in place until Aug. 3, and schools and universities are closed indefinitely. Masks are mandatory outside the home, and no one is allowed outdoors between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. As typhoon season continues in the region, local officials must deal with potential evacuations and loss of homes in the midst of this pandemic.
All Compassion group activities are on hold. Compassion Bangladesh staff and local partners have been able to send 69,070 food packs and 69,842 hygiene kits to beneficiary families. Additionally, they have provided medical support to 1,290 people. They report that many families have no source of income, so they are providing necessary funds to buy daily essentials. Staff members maintain regular contact with children and caregivers through phone calls.
COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising in Bolivia, more than tripling since the country began reopening economic activities in early June. Bolivia’s health ministry estimated that the peak of infections would hit between August and September. National quarantine measures are extended through July 31. Social distancing and the use of masks in public places are required, and curfews are in place from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Classes and other public events remain suspended. All borders remain closed and international flights are suspended.
Group activities at all Compassion child development centres remain on hold. Under the updated government regulations, delivery of food is permitted from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, so partner churches are working to provide food, disease prevention materials and hygiene supplies to beneficiaries and their families. Since the crisis began, they have delivered 255,222 food packs and 108,224 hygiene kits to vulnerable children and families. They are also checking in with families via phone to provide spiritual and emotional support. Compassion Bolivia has deployed teams of physicians and psychologists to support our frontline church partners, and recently conducted a child protection video class that more than 81,000 children and their families participated in.
Brazil is the second worst-hit country, with over 1.8 million cases of COVID-19 and 72,000 deaths — although testing is limited and many believe the cases are higher. The virus has spread into the Northeast, where most of the country’s poverty exists, and to indigenous territories in the Amazon — all areas with limited medical care. Spikes have also occurred in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. National quarantine measures are extended through July 31. All states where Compassion works are currently practicing social isolation. Schools and public gathering locations, such as shopping malls and restaurants, are closed.
Compassion programs are on hold; however, local workers are making every effort to provide for the basic needs of beneficiaries, including the delivery of 142,298 food baskets and 112,703 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have provided medical support to 6,119 people. Partner churches are maintaining phone contact with families and providing Bible stories, video lessons and prayers, as well as care for those struggling mentally and emotionally. They have also launched a child protection campaign on social media and are holding online worship services for youth.
Burkina Faso has increased the number of coronavirus testing centres and is beginning to see a reduction in cases. The government is instructing citizens to follow hygiene and sanitation measures to mitigate spread of the virus. All citizens must wear face masks in public. The government has begun a phased reopening, including allowing schools to begin administering exams and allowing markets and churches to reopen. The countrywide curfew has been lifted, except in provinces still under state of emergency.
All Compassion partner churches still have child development centre group activities on hold, but they continue regular child protection oversight and health care support. They have distributed 291,590 food packs and 177,484 hygiene kits to families and continue to work to raise awareness of COVID-19 prevention. They have also assisted 10,327 individuals in accessing medical care. Some churches have helped families construct simple washing stations to use at their homes.
Colombia continues to experience widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19. A national quarantine has been extended until August 1. The country’s largest cities, Bogota and Medellin, have imposed partial lockdowns as the virus threatens to overwhelm hospitals there. Local health specialists believe the country’s infections will peak later this summer. All educational institutions are closed until further notice.
All Compassion centre activities are on hold. Partner churches continue to monitor home situations for child protection. They have provided families with vouchers to be used in local markets in areas where they cannot deliver food. Over the past few months they have distributed 210,206 food packs and 132,772 hygiene kits to families and have facilitated medical support for 4,236 individuals. Staff members have also created activity kits for children to do at home, and some centres have held virtual birthday celebrations.
Additionally, staff and church partners are working to develop online curriculum lessons and devotionals to be shared with registered children and their families, and they are making daily calls to check in with children and their families. Churches on the border with Venezuela have been focused especially on ministering to migrant families in their communities.
The Dominican Republic lifted its state of emergency and reopened to international travellers on July 1. Businesses have also begun reopening but with a reduced workforce. Face masks and social distancing are required, and large events and public gatherings are still suspended. The country is bracing for hurricane season, which has the potential to destroy crops and bring with it dengue and malaria.
All Compassion child development centres are closed. Staff members are providing physical and emotional support to families, including the delivery of 74,501 food packs and 19,656 hygiene kits, while complying with guidelines. They are also working with local doctors to facilitate telehealth calls with families, and have helped provide medical support to 918 individuals. Centres are holding online video classes, and some tutors have recorded short video lessons for children to view at home. Partner churches are providing video sermons, online prayer services and counselling by phone.
Ecuador has confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in all 24 provinces. Curfews are still in place, and masks and social distancing are encouraged. Testing remains extremely limited, however, and death tolls indicate that the number of positive cases is higher than reported.
All Compassion frontline church partners and Compassion centres are closed to group activities. Church staff members continue to provide emotional and spiritual support by making regular phone calls to families. They have been able to deliver 181,490 food packs and 25,690 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to 8,374 individuals since the pandemic began, including helping families access telehealth services. Some partner churches have been able to hold online worship services and prayer meetings.
El Salvador has postponed the second phase of the economy’s reopening to July 21 as coronavirus infections continue to rise. All educational activities are suspended, and Compassion programming is on hold. In May and June, the country was hit by Tropical Storms Amanda and Cristóbal, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands homeless in areas already deeply affected by the coronavirus.
Compassion partner churches are supporting vulnerable families with food and available medicine and developing online tutoring materials so children can continue learning from home. To date, Compassion El Salvador has been able to distribute 141,482 food packs and 71,236 hygiene kits and to provide medical support to 13,188 individuals. They are also providing resources to help families plant home gardens. Compassion El Salvador has shared uplifting messages and public health information for entire communities through local radio. Some centre staff members have been able to arrange small, virtual birthday celebrations for children. Many tutors have formed prayer groups to pray for the children in this season.
Ethiopia responded quickly to COVID-19, and while the number of fatalities remains low, the country recorded its highest daily increase of cases in June. The country remains under a state of emergency until August. Schools and universities are closed. Large gatherings are banned, and traffic to and from the capital city is restricted. Sadly, there are increased reports of domestic violence throughout Ethiopia.
All Compassion child development centres have stopped group activities, meetings and training. Partner church staff members in Ethiopia have distributed 165,840 food packs and 167,240 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to 4,025 individuals. Staff are diligently checking on children and looking for signs of abuse. They have educated families on COVID-19 prevention and care and given their personal contact information to families so they can have quick access if needed.
Additionally, staff has ensured that 526 centres across the nation have working hand-washing facilities for children, families and the community to access.
The government of Ghana has begun to lift lockdowns in some larger cities, and some schools have reopened for final-year students to take exams. Social distancing is being encouraged as the number of positive cases has surpassed 21,000, and public gatherings are limited to 100 people. All borders remain closed, and large events, including festivals and sporting events, remain suspended until July 31. Religious services have begun taking place with 25% attendance, with a maximum of 100 people.
Due to the risk of infection, Compassion child development centres have temporarily suspended large-group activities. Some churches have been able to hold small gatherings of five people and conduct home visits while following social distancing guidelines. Centres continue to handle health screenings, emergency medical care, child protection interventions and disaster response for beneficiaries as needed. So far, they have been able to provide 17,893 food packs and 17,326 hygiene kits, as well as medical support to 6,698 individuals. Staff is providing education to beneficiaries and their families on COVID-19 prevention and personal hygiene. Some frontline churches are using innovative ways of continuing to provide lessons through video and phone calls, particularly lessons aimed at teens and young adults.
As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, Guatemala remains on lockdown. Many in the country have lost their jobs, and malnutrition is on the rise amid food shortages and increased prices. A curfew is in place from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., and large public events and gatherings are prohibited. Closed are schools, churches, sports activities, shopping malls, restaurants, and public and private organizations, except for pharmacies and hospitals. All individuals must wear masks in public spaces.
As a result, all Compassion child development centres are closed. Frontline church partners have worked within curfew guidelines to deliver 209,729 food packs and 76,771 hygiene kits to children and their families. Additionally, they have facilitated medical support for 2,636 individuals. Staff members continue to reach out to children and their families through weekly phone calls, and often pray with caregivers and children during these times. They have also distributed art kits and children’s magazines. Parents are invited to the centre once a month to pick up supplies and gifts for their children.
Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in all Haitian departments (states). Schools, universities, places of worship and factories are closed until at least mid-August. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, and a curfew is in place from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. The virus continues to quickly spread through crowded, densely packed neighbourhoods with little or no access to running water.
All Compassion child development centres have stopped group program activities. Partner church workers are attempting to keep in touch with beneficiaries safely through phone calls and texts. They have been able to deliver 154,923 food packs and 91,027 hygiene kits and have provided medical assistance to 10,668 people. Staff members are also working to provide Bible studies and other lessons through phone calls as much as possible. A small number are available each day at the centres to deal with emergencies and in-person needs.
The level of coronavirus testing is extremely low in Honduras, making it difficult to get an accurate view of how the country has been affected. The public health system has limited capacity for handling severe cases of COVID-19. All borders are closed and a national quarantine is in place. Public gatherings (sports, cultural, social and religious events, etc.) and public transportation are suspended, and most businesses are closed. Only hospitals, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and gas stations are open.
Accordingly, all Compassion programs and activities are canceled. Program staff members have delivered 72,767 food packs and 30,354 hygiene kits and are reinforcing hygiene and safety measures with caregivers. They have also been able to facilitate medical support for 1,195 people since the quarantine began. All who are delivering food have undergone training by the local government on safety measures. Church workers are keeping in touch with families via phone calls and are conducting live video classes for the children.
Indonesia has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia, and saw its biggest daily increase in deaths in mid-July. Large-scale social movement restrictions and other measures to mitigate the spread of the virus remain in many areas; however, some cities, including Jakarta, have relaxed restrictions and reopened some public spaces amid the rise in infections. Junior and senior high schools in low-risk areas began reopening on July 13.
Compassion child development centres remain closed. Staff members have created online lessons for children and are beginning to make home visits, in which they check in on families while following social distancing guidelines. Center workers are staying in contact with beneficiaries online and are also releasing videos and local radio announcements. Despite strict mobility restrictions, they have managed to distribute emergency supplies, including soap, clean water, vitamins, garden seeds and groceries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have distributed 422,401 food packs and 368,308 hygiene kits and provided medical support to 20,601 individuals. Compassion health specialists are providing videos and flyers on disease prevention and hygiene.
Kenya has begun a phased reopening, including resuming domestic flights on July 15 and international flights on Aug. 1. Additionally, places of worship began a phased reopening on July 6, allowing up to 100 people to attend in-person services. Social distancing measures have been implemented, and schools remain closed until January 2021. A curfew remains in effect from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. The country has sadly seen an increase in domestic violence incidents during the pandemic.
All Compassion group activities, including weekly child programs, caregiver meetings and group trainings, are on hold. Compassion Kenya is providing the centres with information about prevention of the coronavirus and how to respond if children are affected. Food security is an increasing challenge, as many households struggle to buy groceries. We are grateful to report that staff members have delivered 20,889 food packs to vulnerable children and their families. Frontline church partners are continuing child protection measures and health care support as needed. Staff have also distributed learning materials, as well as solar lights for families without electricity so children can study in the evenings.
Mexico has the fourth-highest death toll globally from COVID-19. Local authorities have imposed restrictions on mobility, commerce and leisure, particularly in popular tourist destinations. However, to avoid damage to the economy, the national government has resisted imposing rigorous nationwide restrictions.
Group activities are on hold at all Compassion child development centres. Most centres are distributing food to the families of vulnerable children. All frontline church partners have received flyers on disease prevention and treatment that they can print and distribute in their communities. Staff members have been able to distribute 122,789 food packs and 82,520 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to 4,210 individuals. Some tutors have been able to record lessons that they are sending to beneficiaries so they can learn from home.
Accurate figures related to the coronavirus in Nicaragua are difficult to come by, and medical professionals indicate that cases and deaths may be underreported. The Nicaraguan government has not imposed any domestic travel restrictions or national quarantine policies, but the country is under an epidemiological alert and has put some preventive measures in place.
Early in the pandemic, Compassion Nicaragua staff participated in a World Health Organization orientation about prevention of virus spread. Child development centres temporarily are not holding group meetings or activities. Since the pandemic began, staff members have distributed 81,969 food packs and 48,905 hygiene kits and provided 1,737 individuals with medical support. Some church partners have been able to provide spiritual content through videos and messaging apps. Staff members have also been able to arrange for telehealth for children who need medical care. Tutors check in regularly with the children, sending them encouraging messages.
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Peru. The country is under a nationwide state of emergency that includes self-quarantine and closed borders until July 31. Curfews have been reduced in most regions to 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Large gatherings remain suspended, but commercial businesses can operate at a 50% capacity.
All Compassion frontline church partners have put children’s and youths’ activities on hold. The national staff and church partners are monitoring children and families who are vulnerable due to extreme poverty, possible abuse or health complications. Church workers are working closely with local authorities to deliver supplies to families and have been able to distribute 150,321 food packs and 45,661 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have helped 1,236 individuals access medical support during the quarantine. Tutors and pastors are providing virtual counselling as needed to beneficiaries and caregivers.
The Philippines reported Southeast Asia’s biggest daily increase in COVID-19 deaths on July 13, and officials believe there may be more fatalities ahead following the easing of the country’s lockdown. The majority of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine, which has allowed for some businesses to reopen. However, Cebu City has returned to a stricter quarantine status because of a surge in cases. An estimated 2.5 million Filipinos have lost their jobs during the coronavirus lockdown.
Compassion partner churches and child development centres are still closed for group activities, but some centres are beginning to plan how to meet while following strict health protocols, including the addition of hand washing facilities at all centres where they are needed. A limited staff from each centre is working to provide relief goods and has been able to distribute 415,316 food packs and 214,112 hygiene kits.
Additionally, 24,861 people have been provided medical support during this season. Church staff members are providing counselling and making follow-up visits where there are suspected cases of abuse. The centres are providing alternative learning and home-based activities for beneficiaries, including colouring books for children and journals for youths.
Rwanda has mobilized widespread testing and contact tracers to identify people exposed to active cases of COVID-19. The country has seen low numbers of disease and deaths during the pandemic. Borders remain closed, and schools, places of worship and Compassion centres are closed until September. A curfew is in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and masks must be worn in public at all times. Public and private businesses can resume with essential staff only. Parts of Rusizi and Kigali remain locked down.
Compassion centre workers are communicating with children and caregivers by phone where possible and conducting home visits where it is safe to do so. They have been able to provide care and support to vulnerable children, including those who are malnourished, have medical issues or are at risk for abuse. Staff members are working within local guidelines to distribute supplies and have been able to deliver 73,342 food packs and 148,763 hygiene kits.
Additionally, they have helped 8,836 individuals access medical support during the quarantine. Sponsor gifts to children and families are being delivered as electronic cash transfers. The Compassion Rwanda office is working with local staff to offer counselling support during this difficult season.
Although Sri Lanka had seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases, in mid-July a spike occurred in Kandakadu, and the ministry of education announced the re-closure of schools. The government chose not to reinstate the islandwide curfew. In addition to the pandemic, farmers in Sri Lanka’s northwestern region are dealing with crop-destroying grasshoppers, compounding the issues faced over the last few months.
Compassion programming is on hold, although some development partners are making plans to clean and sanitize their sites in preparation for children to return. Partners are committed to reaching out to families by phone at least once a week, and in some areas they have been able to conduct home visits while obeying social distancing guidelines. They have distributed 82,821 food packs and 44,572 hygiene kits and are delivering seed packets and disease prevention information as they are able under the government guidelines. One partner is holding a virtual art competition for the children, and others are exploring distance learning as a way to distribute lessons to children online. Children continue to write letters to their sponsors from home.
The government of Tanzania is no longer reporting about cases of COVID-19, thought they are still testing people who are exhibiting symptoms and treating those who test positive. Given the presumed ongoing community transmission in Dar es Salaam and other locations, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains high. Schools reopened after three months of closure, making Tanzania the first country in East Africa to allow students to return to school. There is a risk of health care facilities becoming quickly overwhelmed due to COVID-19, and limited hospital capacity throughout the country could result in dangerous delays for emergency care.
Group meetings and activities at all Compassion child development centres are on hold. Partner churches continue to provide medical attention and child protection to beneficiaries and families as needed. Staff members have been able to distribute 52,036 food packs and 84,310 hygiene kits to families and provide medical support to 5,413 individuals. Some have been able to conduct home visits while carefully maintaining social distancing.
Reported cases of COVID-19 in Thailand are declining, and 96% percent of people with confirmed cases have recovered. The government has allowed some businesses to reopen but recently reinforced travel restrictions after cases were imported from other countries. The economic effects of the pandemic have hit those in poverty particularly hard. The number of people living on less than $5.50 per day in Thailand more than doubled from 4.7 million in the first quarter of 2020 to 9.7 million in the second quarter.
Compassion child development centres are staying closed to group activities. In some areas, workers have been able to do home visits and hold group gatherings of under 10 while obeying social distancing guidelines. Church partners are distributing soap, sanitizer gels and face masks in some areas, and some centres have begun making masks and sanitizer. They have been able to distribute 96,642 food packs and 58,598 hygiene kits to registered children and their families. Where possible, workers are keeping in contact with beneficiaries by phone and occasionally by in-person visits, while maintaining social distancing. Additionally, staff members have developed online resources, including devotionals, for children and families.
While numbers of COVID-19 cases remain relatively low in Togo, they continue to rise, and every district has now reported cases of the disease. Borders are closed, public meetings of more than 15 people are banned, and schools are closed except for certain grades in which exams are mandatory. Masks are required in public. Compassion child development centres are closed.
Compassion’s partner church staff members are taking food packages to vulnerable children, monitoring the health of children and families, delivering medical funds in cases of illness, and praying continually. Staff members have been encouraged to limit face-to-face visits when possible for safety and are communicating with families via phone and video calls and local radio programming. They have been able to safely deliver 157,017 food packs and 158,761 hygiene kits to families, in addition to providing medical support to 11,858 individuals. Some church partners have been able to install hand-washing centres for community use.
While cases to continue to rise in Uganda, the spread is slow, and local health officials say they are prepared to treat all people suffering from COVID-19. Public transportation is operating at half capacity, and mass gatherings have been halted. Churches, schools and nonessential businesses are closed, and a curfew remains in place from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Face coverings are required in public. Farmers in Uganda have been hard-hit, and food prices have increased. The Ugandan government has allowed in more than 1,500 refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, providing health screening and a 14-day quarantine period.
Compassion child development centres have discontinued group activities. Partner church staff members are visiting homes of beneficiaries only when absolutely necessary, including assisting with medical needs and child protection. They are sending monetary support to beneficiary families as electronic transfers to mobile phones or in the form of cash to those who must walk to the centre while observing safety measures. Additionally, they have been able to distribute 57,793 food packs and 60,824 hygiene kits to Compassion-assisted families and they have provided medical support to 12,929 individuals. They are working to provide academic and study materials for young adults to help them not fall behind as they will need to take placement tests soon.
Around the world, Compassion staff is working hard to provide support to children and families wherever possible. While many child development centres are temporarily closed to group activities, that does not mean all programmatic activities and expenses have stopped.
Your monthly support is still vital in this season. In some cases, partner church staff members are visiting homes to check on the welfare of children and their families. They may be delivering medical supplies, hygiene kits, extra food, water and other resources to help during this time of crisis. For more information, click here to see Frequently Asked Questions.
How does Compassion’s program work to prevent disease?
We are grateful to report that staff at Compassion centres around the globe already actively teach children about hygiene and disease prevention — especially hand-washing! As Public Health Canada outlines, this is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other similar viruses.
Access to clean, running water is a key factor in disease prevention. Alongside our local church partners, Compassion is a leader in providing clean water to communities around the world.
Read our full list of FAQs around how our travel suspension impacts trips and visits.
Our staff, both at Compassion Canada and around the world, are closely monitoring developments. Our top priority is preventing the transmission of the coronavirus among the children we serve.
For this reason, we are currently suspending all nonessential travel to our frontline church partners in an effort to do everything we can to limit the additional spread of the virus and reduce strain on the already-taxed medical systems in the countries we serve.
How does the travel suspension affect children in our program?
One of the strengths of our child development program is that our local church partners directly implement the program in their local communities. They are uniquely positioned to provide support and do not depend on our ability to travel in order to ensure children and their families receive the love and care they need.
We are closely following national and provincial guidelines pertaining to community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and Public Health’s guidelines around large group events in Canada.
Because the conditions are changing each day, we recommend that staff, volunteers and concerned sponsors visit the Government of Canada’s Public Health website.
You can also go to the World Health Organization’s website (www.who.int). The WHO website has a section called “Your questions answered,” where they answer the most commonly asked questions about coronavirus.
Measures we’ve taken in response to Public Health’s Recommendations
- As of Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. we no longer have any staff in our London Office until the mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces is lifted by the Province of Ontario.
- Staff are being directed to stay home and self-isolate if they have been in contact with any confirmed cases or at any indication of illness.
- All work-related domestic travel has been suspended until further notice.
- All international trips and visits are suspended until further notice.
- All events have been suspended until further notice.
As an organization we are responding prayerfully and prudently and we invite you to pray with us. We are closely monitoring the spread of the virus and have put together a Response Team so that we can respond quickly to the evolving situation.
We are committed to approaching our response prayerfully, with faith in God, by following Public Health’s recommendations and mandates, and through the counsel of a strong team. Viruses of this magnitude can affect all of us, and so we ask that you pray with us for the children, families, churches, employees and sponsors already affected by this outbreak.
Ways to pray:
- Protection from the virus for all children registered with Compassion and their families.
- Health and safety for all of our staff in the international and national offices.
- Children longing for a sponsor to be encouraged, loved and cared for during this long wait.
- Sponsors and their families who have been impacted by the virus.
- View our extensive prayer guide
God bless you for your care and concern for his children living in extreme poverty. And thank you for keeping them in your prayers.
Remember: God is our Refuge and Strength
In all of the worry, let’s remember to turn our eyes to God for strength and comfort. Let’s remember to keep encouraging one another and holding fast to God’s truth.
“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.” (Psalm 46:1-3)