The Sheltering: Covid-19
23rd May 2020
“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14:27
We do not fully yet know what God is going to do in and through this time of sheltering from the storm outside. Believers in Uganda have joined Christians around the world to seek His face, and pray in His will. One thing that we can do is study and trust in His word, and see what the Lord has done through periods of sheltering in His people before. Indeed, Noah and his family were sheltered for a year in the Ark from the flood. He then emerged to become the father of all nations. Moses was sheltered for 40 years in the desert before God used him to liberate the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Like a cocooned caterpillar changing in to a butterfly, we must not fail to effectively use this time to develop and strengthen our spiritual muscles to emerge in the form that God intended us to.
On the 22nd March, Uganda confirmed its first case of the virus. The country had already banned large public gatherings and adopted physical distancing. Soon after a curfew was introduced, and all private and public transportation stopped. Due to these measures to prevent the spread of the virus, NGOs, churches and well-wishes have in turn been limited in terms of the assistance and support they have been allowed to provide to vulnerable families and communities. In particular, food distribution except via a government taskforce has been banned.
We remain in discussions with other NGOs and ministries to ensure where possible we are able to unite to meet emerging needs. Biojemmss has also continued to provide emergency relief to families in the community via one-off financial gifts to enable them to buy food and supplies.
Through this season Biojemmss has experienced the protection and provision of God, and we have used this time to seek Him and grow in intimacy with Him. We want to thank everyone who has sent messages, prayed with us, and continued to financially support us throughout. We will continue to keep supporters updated as news emerges, and would love to hear from you all too! Please do keep the government of Uganda in your prayers as they navigate such a challenging time, and work hard to serve the people.