Coronavirus & Radio Update.
UPDATE Tuesday 11 February 2020:
Our special programmes and live broadcasting have attracted record listening audiences. We have had many callers from Wuhan and other parts of China, and they do report that life is indeed very difficult under many restrictions.
- that the coronavirus would weaken, stop spreading, and be overcome;
- that people would turn to God and find peace, comfort, and healing in Him;
- that our broadcast production teams will remain safe and well, and know the presence of the Holy Spirit as they labour to offer wisdom and care on-air;
- that listeners in Wuhan and all over China especially will listen to the health advice and take every reasonable step to avoid catching and spreading the virus.
- that fear would not prevail and that courage and faith will rise and strengthen many.
Original Update (Wednesday 5th February 2020):
Due to the current Coronavirus crisis in Wuhan China, people are stuck inside avoiding contact with others in an effort to halt the spread of the sickness. Therefore churches are not gathering together and many forms of corporate life are on hold.
But radio is reaching into households – thanks to you.
FEBC broadcasts by several methods across China, and right now programmes are attracting a particularly large audience as people search for information, comfort, assurance, and companionship.
FEBC broadcasters are working hard to keep programmes on-air, live, and helpful. What does this look like?
- Health Information – necessary health and hygiene reminders;
- Pastoral Care – Biblical focus on God’s love, faithfulness, and presence;
- Live Chat and Prayer – Every morning and evening we have live links with prayer times which include listeners’ input.
- Psychological comfort – people are stressed, so listening to wise and godly voices is therapeutic and hopeful. Hearing about what is actually happening and what to expect is helpful.
- Plus our regular programmes of teaching, music, outreach and companionship.
How can we pray for people in affected areas?
Our staff here in New Zealand turned to Psalm 91 recently. Why not take a few minutes to read that Psalm now, and below are some promises and prayer points to hold on to together as we pray especially for the households most affected:
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust. …
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honour him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
We pray that people will find shelter, refuge and peace in God.
May listeners hold fast to God in love, and may they know his name (maybe for the first time).
May they call to God as they consider the trouble they are experiencing.
And let these promises be true for them – that God delivers, protects, answers, rescues, honours, satisfies, and shows his salvation. Amen.
Bible College by Media Update:
Students stuck at home in China during this crisis are getting on with their studies! FEBC staff are noticing an increase in listening and assignment work as our Bible College students across the Mainland make the most of this enforced isolation. (*FEBC Bible College by Media is a correspondence course in Bible and Ministry studies aimed at Mainland Chinese people of all ages.)
Please pray for students to make great insightful progress.
We will keep you up to date as relevant news comes to us about radio’s role in facing this virus. Thanks for your support and prayers.
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