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鄧秀珍代禱信2020年5月

親愛的弟兄姊妹平安,

        「神是為我們施行諸般救恩的神,人能脫離死亡,是在乎主耶和華。」詩篇68:20

        自三月開始,新冠病毒疫情在德國迅速蔓延,以致德國政府在三月中旬頒布禁聚令,除了必須的商店如超市藥房等外,其他商店、餐館以及宗教團體的聚會場所都全面關門。德國以外的弟兄姊妹看到新聞都有點擔心,都很關心我們的安危,紛紛來問候。感謝你們的慰問!

        因為禁聚令,大部分的聚會都改為網上聚會。本來一年一度的復活節營會已經宣佈取消,但藉著一些牧者與弟兄的努力,營會的講道可以透過網路舉行,結果更多的弟兄姊妹可以參與,一起享受屬靈的筵席。

        由於禁聚令,各人都有不同反應。有一位年長姊妹覺得無聊,我勸她讀讀聖經,她卻以無興趣和堅持不了來拒絕我的建議。後來聽說有一基督徒家庭一起讀經,請他們邀請姊妹參與他們的讀經,但是他們的時間不對,姊妹便說跟我一起讀。感謝主,因為疫情,鼓勵這位年過七十多的姊妹在網上一起讀經。然而,另外一位比她年輕一點的姊妹,反應卻完全相反,不但不願意讀經,而且幾乎天天來跟我說她是否得到病毒,懷疑得到這個病,得到那個病。我也曾經一度被她的負面情緒影響我的心情。

        有一位博士生今年二月份已經畢業,可是因為疫情,航班幾次更改,不知道哪一天能回家,心情特別鬱悶。糟糕的是她已經作好回家的準備,大部分傢俱已經賣出,可是回家前幾天航空公司告訴她與家人不能飛了,滯留至今。由於害怕出門,除了去超市,都躲在家裡,為著前途焦慮,甚麼都不想幹。

        這次全球性的疫情,使人非常無助,連家人去世也無法回家奔喪。有一位姊妹失去父親,不能回家,很無奈,只有自己悲哀。另一位姊妹,母親病重時,很想在母親離世時確定她的信仰,卻不能回去。不多久,母親去世的消息傳來,也覺得很遺憾。

感恩與代禱事項:

  1. 謝謝遠方的弟兄姊妹的慰問!大家都在疫情當中,求主保守憐憫,讓沒有被感染的人不會被感染,已感染的早日康復!
  2. 感謝神的恩典,藉著網路,弟兄姊妹仍然可以在網上敬拜、聽道、交流、彼此代禱!德國政府已經開放教會的聚會,求主保守,讓我們有智慧地保護來敬拜的人,以免發生感染!
  3. 感謝主感動年長姊妹願意讀經,雖然有病痛,仍有平安喜樂!求主憐憫那位多疑的姊妹,願意信靠主,堅定對主的信心,不為自己的身體憂慮!
  4. 求主為那位畢業生開路,除了一家能飛回家鄉外,還引導她前面的道路,以致她能經歷主的大能,願意接受主的救恩!
  5. 求主記念那些失去家人又不能回家奔喪的弟兄姊妹!求主安慰他們!
  6. 求主藉著這個疫情喚醒全世界的人,讓我們謙卑下來,敬畏創造萬物的主宰!

主的使女                                   
鄧秀珍                                   
二零二零年五月二日

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Dear brothers and sisters,

        “Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” Psalms 68:20

        Since beginning of March, the Covid-19 epidemic in Germany has spread rapidly. So the Government has ordered regulations prohibiting public gathering and religious worship, closing all shops except the essential ones like supermarkets and drug stores etc. After hearing news, some brothers and sisters from overseas were concerned and asked for our safety. Thank you for your concerns!

        Because of the prohibition, many church meetings went on-line. Our annual Easter Camp was already announced to be cancelled. But through the efforts of some pastors and brothers, messages of the camp speaker could be heard on-line. As a result, there were even more participants and we enjoyed a spiritual feast together.

        Due to the prohibition law, different people have different response. One elderly sister felt bored staying at home. I told her to read the bible. She had no interest initially and said that she could not read it by herself. Then one family told me that they were reading the bible together. I asked them to invite the sister to join them. Unfortunately, their timing didn’t match.  The sister told them that she would read with me. So, we started reading the bible together through Face-Time every morning during weekdays. Thank God that due to this pandemic, the 70’s old sister was willing to read the bible verse by verse. On the other hand, another sister who is younger was not willing to read the bible. Instead, she called me almost every day for the past three months just to ask me if she got the infection or she suspected that she got this illness or that illness. There were at one point that I was really pulled down by her negative emotions.

        One student finished her PhD study in February. Due to the pandemic, her flight ticket has been changed several times. So, she was really worried that when she could go home. Worse still, since she was ready to go home, she has already sold most of her furniture. Then she and her family got stranded till now after the airline told them that their flight was cancelled a few days before their scheduled departure. She was also afraid to go out. Besides going to the supermarket, she stayed at home worrying about her future and didn’t want to do anything.

        Many people were helpless before this pandemic. Some were not able to go home for funeral services. One sister’s father passed away. She could not go home and only wept by herself. Another sister’s mother was seriously ill. She could not go to her side just to confirm her faith on the Lord. A week later, her mother died. She was very regretful.

Thanksgiving and prayer items:

  1. Thank God for the concerns from brothers and sisters overseas! We are all in this pandemic. Pray that God will have mercy upon us! Pray that no more people will be infected and those who have already been infected will recover soon!
  2. Thank God for His grace! Through the internet, brothers and sisters are still able to worship, to listen to sermons, to interact and pray for each other. German government has lifted the regulation on church gatherings. Pray that God will give us wisdom so that we will try to protect those who come to worship as much as possible!
  3. Thank God for the elderly sister who was willing to read the bible. Despite some pain, she has peace and joy! Pray God to have mercy on the other sister who was suspicious of many things. Pray that she wills to depend on God and has faith in Him and not worry her health!
  4. Pray that God will open a path for the PhD graduate so that not only they can return home, also guide her future road so that she can experience God’s mighty power and come to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior!
  5. Pray for those who mourn for their loved ones who died and they were not able to go home for the funeral service! Pray that our Lord will comfort them!
  6. Pray that God will awaken the whole world through this pandemic so that we are humble and fear the God who created this world!

Serving Him,
Karen Tang

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