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the fact that we are alive, the sound of a child’s laughter, even   The common Covid-19 message from the church globally is:
          the smell of our favorite food.                          “We’re closed. We’ll let you know when we open again.” As a                                                                     Where East
                                                                   community of care, besides conducting online worship and
          The practice of self-care and other-care involves creating   Bible study, the church should mobilize its members to care                                                                 Teaches West
          community—cherishing and celebrating our relationships   for the needy and voice a message of hope to the nation.
          with family members, neighbors, relatives, and others in the   These days, too often the only media message we hear is
          community. These practices enhance resilience—our ability   about numbers of the infected, the dead, and cut-throat                                                                       We’re bringing resources from church
          to bounce back into healthy living once the crisis is over.  With   political shenanigans.                                                                                                leaders in Asia, Africa, and Latin
          children, routine helps because children especially thrive                                                                                                                                America to benefit Christians in the
          where there is order—maintaining school hours, planning   Conclusion                                                                                                                      west. At voices.langham.org, read
          for fun creative activities, and rewarding adherence to house                                                                                                                             articles on Scripture, culture, and the
          rules including Covid-19 prevention care.                What does God require of us? In the midst of Covid-19, God                                                                       Christian life from the perspective of
                                                                   desires that we take time to understand the signs of the times,
          Job loss and loss of loved ones would result in shock and   become bearers of hope, practice holistic self-care, adapt to                                                                 the Majority World.
          confusion. Disruption of mourning rituals and funeral rites   the new normal from home to church and community, create
          makes the loss even harder to bear. Holding on to family and   caring communities, and learn to speak out words of total
          faith community, celebrating the life of the departed, are part   dependence on our all-knowing God.                                                                                     VISIT VOICES.LANGHAM.ORG
          of self-care and care for those affected.
                                                                   “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on
          The role of the church during Covid-19                   the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce
                                                                   no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle
          Lockdown during Covid-19 has impacted the global church in   in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God
          unprecedented ways. Christians—whose lives revolve around   my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my
          worship gatherings, ministering, building community in   feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the
          small groups, meeting, and encouraging one another—were   heights” (Hab 3:17-19; NIV).
          suddenly thrown into disarray. There were no meetings, no
          ministries, no gatherings, no weddings, no Holy Communion.
          The church did not know and still does not know how to deal                                                                                                      Listen in on conversations
          with this disorientation. The result has been termed as an                                                                                                       between Chris Wright and
          “anemic” response that has left many members floundering,                Visit voices.langham.org to listen and                                                  church leaders around the
          deprived of spiritual comfort and vivacity.                                     learn from other global leaders.                                                 world like Conrad Mbewe,
                                                                                                                                                                           Myrto Theocharous, Rico
                                                                                                                                                                           Villanueva, and more.


                             About Gladys Mwiti:  Gladys is a Langham Scholar and clinical psychologist in Nairobi, Kenya, and
                             founder and CEO of Oasis Africa Center for Transformational Psychology and Trauma. She serves as chair                                          Visit langham.org/podcast
                             of the Kenya Psychological Association and chair of Governing Council at the Co-operative University of                                         or download from your
                             Kenya. She’s also a Catalyst for the Lausanne Network for Mental Health and Trauma. For more information,                                       favorite podcast app
                             visit: www.oasisafrica.co.ke and www.oasisafricawellness.co.ke




                             This article originally appeared in the January 2021 issue of the Lausanne Global Analysis and is published here with permission.
                             Lausanne Global Analysis seeks to deliver strategic and credible information and insight from an international network of                                                                            Chris Wright
                             evangelical analysts to equip influencers of global mission. To receive this free bimonthly publication from the Lausanne                                                                      Author, The Mission of God
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