World Vision UK is urging churches across the country to unite for a National Day of Prayer and Action in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Churches Together in England (CTE) yesterday announced the national call to prayer for this Sunday, 22 March.
People of faith are being encouraged to light a candle in the windows of their homes at 7pm as a symbol of hope.
Almost 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in 156 countries and territories around the world. The total death toll is nearing 8,000.
Concern is growing for those living in countries with weak health systems, and for families already living in entrenched poverty or displaced by conflict and the climate crisis. World Vision experts are warning that the impact of an outbreak in such communities could be catastrophic.
As our Senior Church and Christian Engagement Lead, Ruth Tormey said, "World Vision is already responding to the coronavirus outbreak across Asia, and we are gearing up to respond on a global level as the disease spreads. At a time of global uncertainty, it’s crucial that we combat fear with faith. We at World Vision want to respond both practically and prayerfully to support all those affected by the outbreak both at home and abroad. That’s why we’re joining the call to urge churches across the UK to join the National Day of Prayer and Action this Sunday."