Each day brings new information about the spread of COVID-19 around the globe. The partners and communities that PWS&D serves are preparing to feel the serious impact of the coronavirus. We take comfort in the words of the psalmist, “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 30: 22)

As we hear constant messages about the importance of washing our hands and staying home, we remember those without access to clean water and pray for those who, displaced from their homes and in crowded refugee camps, aren’t able to practice social distancing.

Yet, we also are thankful for medical facilities which have been improved through our maternal and child health project and are better able to serve people in their communities, and for families who are more resilient after being involved in livelihoods programs.

PWS&D program staff are in close contact with our partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to offer support and guidance as partners continue to work with families and communities. Partner staff are taking all possible precautions to protect those they serve, including postponing or cancelling community meetings and training sessions, while trying to carry out whatever work they can still safely do.

We continue to all we can to help bring hope and lessen the impact of this pandemic and are grateful for your faithful support. If you would like to support our ongoing work, you can do so by clicking below or by calling us at 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111 x290.

 

 

Please join with us in praying for all who are affected by this pandemic. Below is a prayer written by PWS&D Committee member, Andrea Perrett.

God you call us….

We are called to love our neighbours

Those who are near and those who are far

When we can provide for people in person

And when we can support them from a distance.

We are called to feed the hungry

Those who are near and those who are far

When we are in times of plenty

And when we are all in need.

We are called to care for the sick

Those who are near and those who are far

When we are not at all worried about our own health

And when we have fears of our own.

We are called to provide for the most vulnerable

Those who are near and those who are far

When we are in a position to provide safety and refuge

And when we are all feeling a little vulnerable.

Merciful God, pull together your church, bind up the body of Christ and strengthen us with your love.

Help us, through our thoughts and actions, to reflect the love that you have for each and every person.

Amen.

For more information on COVID-19 from the Presbyterian Church in Canada, presbyterian.ca.