任克達、任麥雅麗代禱信2020年5月

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任克達、任麥雅麗代禱信2020年5月

親愛的代禱夥伴:

        南非目前仍是非洲大陸確診新冠病毒疫例最多的國家,截至五月廿六日已有24,264宗確診,疫亡524人。這個數字和許多染疫的國家相此,並不驚人,可歸功於南非從3月26日起實施全民「待在家中」全國封鎖。所以,鎖國抗疫的措施初步控制了疫情,使疫症沒有快速擴散。但是,南非的醫療設備並不足以應付大量感染的病患,這個疫情的隱憂並沒有消除。目前,抗疫的重點仍放在環境衛生極差的的貧民社區,控制不爆發社區感染。但是,因為全國鎖國帶來的經濟和生活的壓力,促使南非政府不得不調整政策,要重新開放。六月一日起南非會將抗疫下調到第三級戒嚴,恢復一部份的商業及生產活動。不好的消息是,南非現在疫情仍然在漸漸上升,以客觀的數據來說,南非疫情數字還沒有降低到可以安全恢復開放的狀況。世界衛生組織(WHO)已警告南非政府現在還不應該開放,可是南非政治勢力強大的工會壓制著政府必需開放,經濟和工作的需求勝過抗疫的工作。所以,南非有可能會因為鎖國的解禁開放太早,造成疫情失控。請為南非政府禱告,在兩難之間做有智慧的決定。另外,因為疫情帶來經濟的壓力也促使宵小偷竊和搶劫事件增加,大家都需要提高警覺,更加小心,免得成為受害者。

        四月三日德國首先從南非撤離僑民,英國和美國在四月九日跟著從南非撤離僑民,巴西和其它各國也都開始撤離僑民。領館通知我們撤離安排時,我們僅有兩天的的時間安排。因為南非已經鎖國,所以,我們什麼事都不能做,只能匆匆收拾簡單的行李(限定一件),稍做交待就得離開。感恩我們的事工已經在網上運作,在那一個城市播送都一樣。現在,我們就從美國播送。因為時差的關係,我們在午夜及早上上線。感謝神,我們這兩個月在網路上敬拜及查經,弟兄姐妹都按時來到群中聚會。願疫情可以早日結束,一切可以恢復正常。

        疫症在南非擴散,異端也混雜在網路中趁疫情活動。一個自稱南非好消息教會的牧師在網路上散佈消息藉著為疫症的佈道會和祈禱會來接觸華人信徒。這個自稱牧師的人,在去年曾以國際青少年聯合會(International Youth Fellowship)的名義辦活動,要招攬青年人加入他們的組識。好消息教會是一個韓國的異端,已滲入中國,現在進入南非活動。我們也發現有人以慕道友身份混進教會,在教會的微信群中散佈異端言論,我們就立即將此人從群中移除,並將韓國這個異端公佈出來,他們還以捏造的假文件強辯,謊稱自己是正統的教會。但是,我們從香港得到文件證明他們造假。在證據確實之下,他們開始謾罵毀謗教會的傳道人。感謝神,教會中的弟兄姐妹都沒有受影響,事情就這樣煙消雲散,很快的落幕。每個教會都需要時刻警覺提防異端,聖經提醒我們異端會用欺騙的手法侵入教會,做破壞的工作。

請你為這些事情代禱:

  1. 感謝神保守祂的教會,使異端很快就被暴露出來,沒有造成破壞。
  2. 感謝神保守我們在疫情擴散的時期身體都健康。
  3. 請為南非抗疫的工作代禱,求主賜智慧給政府官員制定政策抗疫,復甦經濟及維謢社會治安。
  4. 請為我們服事的各教會代禱,現在各教會主日崇拜和查經都在網路上運作。求主賜我們智慧去支持並鼓勵弟兄姐妹繼續成長。
  5. 求主幫助各教會弟兄姐妹做好居家及出行時消毒防疫的工作。

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克達、雅麗
二零二零年五月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        South Africa has become the epic center of the coronavirus in Africa.  As of May 27th, South Africa has 25,937 confirmed cases and 552 deaths.  Nevertheless, it is still a lot less than other countries.  It is due to the decisive action of the government to impose a countrywide lockdown early enough to contain the spreading speed.  The government knows its inadequate health system and medical supplies will not be able to handle a spike in cases, so it is putting all its resources into preventing community infection in all the township and informal settlement hotspots.  However, the economy is seriously impaired, and the President has announced that the country will enter Level 3 (Level 5 being the most serious) of the lockdown from June 1st.   This was done to appease the union but against the advice of the WHO.  It is indeed a hard choice between saving the economy and workforce from collapsing and strict containment of the virus.  With the reopening of a lot of the businesses and factories, even with stringent policies in place, the country is facing a grim prediction of quick rise in the Covid-19 toll.  Please pray for the government in South Africa for wisdom that they can make correct choices for the country.  In addition, the increase in thefts and robberies are alarming.  Everyone is in high alert not only for possible virus infection but also for possible falling victim to crimes.

        Germany was the first country to evacuate its citizens from South Africa on April 3rd.  The UK and the United States also arranged repatriation flights for their citizens on the 9th.  Then Brazil and other countries followed suit.  We had only a couple days to get ready after the date was confirmed.  As the lockdown was in place, we could only pack some essential things (only one check-in luggage and one carry-on were allowed) and make minimal arrangements before we left.  Fortunately, our churches were already meeting online, so we just needed to adjust to the time difference – Bible study in our mornings and worship service at our night time.  Praise the Lord!  Our brothers and sisters continue to attend the meetings regularly.  We continue to pray for recovery and return to normalcy.

        The spread of the coronavirus does not slow the spread of cults.  There is one called itself the Good News Church in South Africa.  It was promoting an online prayer and evangelizing meeting in May.  The self-proclaimed “pastor” had tried before to recruit young people into their organization “International Youth Fellowship” last year.  This a cult from Korea and has been infiltrating into many countries including China.  From this particular promotion, we discovered one person who has been attending one of our churches as a new believer.  This person was vigorously defending this cult with many different messages and links to their teachings.  We exposed this organization in our church group chats and their falsification of documents from other genuine church organizations in support of their authenticity.  We were able to collect evidence from Hong Kong and posted the original declaration to counter their lies.  We immediately expelled this person from our church chat group, but she turned around and slandered us in other Christian chat groups in South Africa.  We thank God that this matter was resolved quickly, and no brothers or sisters was influenced by her or the cult.  This really reminds us to be always on high alert for false prophets and teachers to come into our churches to create divisions and cause damages.

Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests:

  1. We thank God for His swift intervention and protection for us against the cult.
  2. We thank God in keeping us healthy during the pandemic.
  3. Please pray for the government in South Africa that they will set up correct policies in containing the virus as well as saving the economy and fighting crimes.
  4. Please pray for our churches and our on-line meetings. May the Lord grant us wisdom in caring and encouraging our brothers and sisters in their spiritual growth.
  5. Please pray for our brothers and sisters’ diligence in personal safety and hygiene.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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