任克達、任麥雅麗代禱信2022年4月

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任克達、任麥雅麗代禱信2022年4月

親愛的代禱夥伴:

        兩個星期前,南非東岸破紀錄降下暴雨(48小時降下45公分的雨),引發六十年來最嚴重的洪災。夸祖魯那濤爾省港口城市德班受害程度最嚴重,連道路、橋樑都被洪水沖走,超過六千棟建築物被摧毀,有四百多人罹難。省內多個地區被淹沒,交通全面中斷,德班市多處斷水斷電。真是天有不測風雲,人有旦夕禍福。聖經也提醒我們人生變化無常,「也不要倚賴靠不住的錢財;要倚靠那厚賜萬物給我們享受的上帝」(提前六17b)。

        最近兩星期,南非新冠Omicron的疫情又再次上升,每天幾千人感染,數十人死亡。南非因為愛滋病的人口多,造成防疫的漏洞。新的變種不斷出現,現在南非傳播已是新的Omicron B.A.4的變種,南非國民接種疫苗意願不高,完成接種疫苗者一直停在總人口的四成五,使疫情不能根除,每四個月左右就會有疫情高峰期出現。求主幫助南非人民認真的對抗第五輪的疫情。

        南非繼續不斷的發生針對外籍人士的抗議事件,暴民將外國人從市場中趕走,不准他們開店。南非當地人將這一行動稱之為Operation Dudula(Dudula——祖魯語,是強力趕走的意思)。他們抗議政府容許非法移民滯留南非。警察只是調查暴力事件,但無法實際解決雙方的暴力衝突。主要原因是政府官員尋私圖利。箴言提醒我們「王藉公平,使國堅定;索要賄賂,使國傾敗。」(箴二十九4)。這句箴言道破了南非政府治理上最基本的問題。求主改變人心,歸向正道。

        上星期我們參加了一間教會的宣教年會,講員提醒大家,教會要從愛鄰舍的行動開始推動普世的宣教。那間教會立即組織會眾參與不同的事工小組,去服事他們所在城市的需要。雖然疫情尚未結束,也已經組織了短宣隊,準備疫症平息後就可以出發。在這個時刻差派短宣隊,似乎有點不合宜,因為世界正充滿著不平安的消息,有俄烏戰爭、中國及台灣的疫情、世界各國面臨通澎的問題。這些問題都是使人焦慮,使人沮喪的事。戰爭沒有結束的徵兆、疫情短期不會解封、通澎正方興未艾。我們應該行動嗎?我想我們應該付諸行動,不要遲延,因為這個世界永遠都會有新的問題出現,傳福音的事是永遠不應該被擱置的。願我們齊心努力,積極地去宣揚福音!

請您為這些事情代禱:

  1. 感謝主,南非德班教會在四月份重開實體崇拜。因為疫情還不穩定,求主保守。
  2. 南非東岸那濤爾省受暴雨襲擊,引發大規模洪災,求主安慰災民,並幫助政府作好救災的工作。
  3. 南非新冠Omicron的疫情又再次上升。求主幫助政府官員認真的執行防疫措施,並加強接種疫苗的工作。
  4. 南非繼續不斷發生針對外籍人士的抗議事件,求主改變人心歸正,使南非政府官員能不尋私利、公正執法,杜絕非法移民。
  5. 南非最近電力不足,大小城市經常停電,對生活造成不便,更打擊工業生產及已經脆弱的經濟。求主賜智慧給南非政府官員更好的治理國家。
  6. 感謝主使我們能在網路上和南非兩個教會的弟兄姐妹一起敬拜和查考聖經,求主保守我們能繼續正常的運作,不被攪擾。

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克達、雅麗                
二零二二年四月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Two weeks ago, a severe thunderstorm landed on the east coast of South Africa and dropped more than 45 cm of rain in 48 hours.  This caused the greatest flooding in the last 60 years.  Durban, being the harbor city of the Natal province, suffered the hardest hit with damaged roads, collapsed bridges, thousands of destroyed buildings and more than 400 fatalities.  A lot of communities were under water, traffic as well as electricity and water supplies were disrupted.  Life indeed is uncontrollable!  The Bible has already warned us that we do not know what tomorrow will bring and reminded us to “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (I Tim. 6:17)

        These last couple of weeks we are also seeing the number of COVID cases in South Africa climbing to new highs, with daily averages over 5,000 and dozens of deaths.  Due to the large population of HIV-positive patients, new variants are rapidly emerging.  South Africa is now battling with the new Omicron B.A. 4 variant.  Because of the low inoculation rate (only 45%), a new wave comes about every four months.  May the Lord help the people realize the importance of taking this pandemic seriously.

        At the same time, xenophobic violence incidents are worsening.  Protestors take matters into their own hands, threatening foreign merchants and carrying out raids on their stores.  They call it Operation Dudula (Dudula is Zulu meaning “to push out”).  They claim that the government is not doing anything to address the illegal immigrant issue.  Law enforcement is also helpless in stopping the violence, they can only place these cases of public disorder and intimidation in investigation.  Unfortunately, this is mainly caused by corrupted officials who ignore their sworn responsibilities.  As Proverbs said, “By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.” (Prov. 29:4)  May the Lord work in their hearts to return to the right way.

        Last week, we attended the mission conference of a local church.  The speaker reminded us that global mission starts from loving your neighbors.  At the conclusion of the conference, the church distributed response cards for all attendees to get involved in local community caring activities.  The church has also started forming short-term mission teams and prepares to go as soon as the pandemic eases up.  It seems depressing enough to see the world in the midst of the war in Ukraine, new COVID cases in China and Taiwan, plus high inflation rates everywhere.  With all these unsolved problems dangling above us, is it the appropriate time to be in action?  I believe we should not be deterred as this world will always have challenges.  Do not delay but continue to forge ahead in spreading the good news!

Please pray for the following:

  1. We thank God that the church in Durban has started in-person Sunday worship in April. Please pray for health and safety for the church members during the pandemic.
  2. Please pray for the Lord’s mercy on those who suffered losses during the flood. May the Lord give wisdom to the government in its disaster relief operations.
  3. South Africa is currently facing a new Omicron variant. May the Lord continue to help the government in coming up with effective ways to increase the country’s inoculation rate.
  4. May the Lord turn the hearts of the government officials to be willing to set aside personal gains, to uphold justice and resolve the country’s illegal immigrant problem.
  5. South Africa is experiencing frequent electricity outages which greatly affect factory production and its weak economy. Please pray for wisdom from the Lord for the government in tackling all its issues.
  6. May the Lord continue to bless our online worship services and Bible studies for the two churches in South Africa.

In His service,        
Ko-Ta & Christina

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