February 17, 2020
During this challenging and difficult time, please continue to pray for people in China, particularly for ABM’s Partner the Amity Foundation. We also pray for our Church Partner the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui who have issued the statement below. We ask that you keep the Chinese community in Australia in your thoughts and prayers as they too face challenges associated with responses to the outbreak of the virus.
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui House of Bishops Pastoral Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
As the novel coronavirus spreads through Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and across the world at an alarming rate, our hearts are filled with worries and anxiety. Our daily lives have been affected and we are forced to make all sorts of inconvenient adjustments to our routines. A sense of frustration, helplessness and even panic has enveloped us.
During this trying time, on the one hand, we need to pay attention to our personal and community hygiene by following the guidelines given by the medical personnel and the authorities. On the other hand, more importantly we need to lift up our trust to that faithful and unchanging Heavenly Father. We are not fighting this battle alone. Jesus Christ, who cares for us and walks with us, is the ultimate strength in whom we can put our trust.
At this time, let us pray more, especially for those who have been infected and for the frontline medical personnel. Let us be more attentive in extending our care and love for each other. Let our faith in Christ be even more strengthened during this time. The peace and grace from above will sustain us through this difficult journey. Each trial in life is an opportunity of growing and moulding for us. Allow our trust in God to become that powerful witness of love and faith. After going through this we shall become an even stronger community to the glory of God and for the love of people.
May God bless and protect us all.
Archbishop Paul Kwong
Bishop Andrew Chan
Bishop Timothy Kwok
[Image: The Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong, Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island and of the Missionary Area of Macau © HKSKH.]