Coronavirus Cases Surge in India, People Still Fear Gathering to Worship

Photo courtesy of Spoken Worldwide

This week, India became the world’s second-largest COVID-19 hotspot outside of the United States. Brazil leads non-U.S. nations with more than 13 million cases.

Authorities registered over 126,000 new cases on Thursday, India’s highest 24-hour surge so far. Earlier in the week, companies making COVID-19 vaccines warned of production shortage due to limitations caused by the spike.

“India has probably had one of the more challenging situations as it pertains to new cases, the government’s response to it, the intensity of the lockdowns, etc.,” Ed Weaver of Spoken Worldwide notes.

However, the COVID-19 virus is not the biggest challenge for believers in remote parts of northern India. It’s fear.

Fear cripples Gospel work

Pandemic regulations shut down public transportation, so unless a church is within walking distance, believers cannot attend. Virtual church isn’t an option for those without access to technology – which includes most of the communities Spoken Worldwide serves.

Moreover, people are afraid of gathering together, even in small groups, for worship or Bible study.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for wisdom for the Spoken Worldwide team as it counsels its partners in India.
  • Pray believers will not be overcome by fear, but instead of will find creative ways to obey the rules and still pursue ministry.