Indonesian Churches Working Hard to Bring Aid to Flooded Coronavirus Epicenter, Jakarta

Women wear protective masks at the Jatinegara market, after Indonesia confirmed new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

Jakarta already faced crisis earlier this year when flooding ravaged the region. Although a majority of the flooding has subsided, rainfall continues to threaten Indonesia’s already-sinking capital.

And as if the weather hadn’t already taken its toll on Jakarta, the city is now “the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in Indonesia,” according to Juserdi Purba of Asian Access. As of Friday, Indonesia had more than 10,000 cases and 800 deaths. For now, many of those cases are found in Jakarta.

Even though the flood waters have mostly subsided, these constant crises have left their mark on Jakarta’s community. Families and individuals already battling poverty had barely recovered from flooding when quarantine efforts forced them to stay home. “The lockdown in isolation hurts most the vulnerable population, and churches try to respond [to] the physical needs of the people by provid[ing] basic food and gifts to them in need,” Purba says.

Churches are doing their best to bring aid and support to their neighbors as weather and disease battle Jakarta, but even they have suffered setbacks. Last week, an Indonesian megachurch lost its sanctuary to a fire.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for Indonesians facing trouble after trouble in Jakarta.
  • Ask God to bring wisdom and courage to churches in Jakarta.
  • Thank Him for the subsiding floods in Indonesia.