A new strain of COVID-19 has been identified, likely originating in the UK. It isn’t the first new strain of COVID-19 to emerge this year, and medical experts believe vaccines will still work against it. Nevertheless, several countries closed their borders to the UK on Monday. Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait closed all borders in response to the new strain.
The pandemic has already hit the Middle East hard this year, forcing many places into at least sporadic lockdowns. Most places have been restricting gathering to fewer than 25 people.
Because of this, most Christians in the Middle East can’t gather to celebrate Christmas in person this year. Samuel of Redemptive Stories talks about how Christians are adjusting. “They are doing a lot of online stuff, online services. I even heard of a church doing an online Nativity, a live Nativity service. So it’s not just simply a season as we walk into it that is only [defined] by COVID-19. This season also creates opportunities to bring more attention to churches as we all come together to celebrate.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to use the virtual ministry of Middle Eastern Christians to build Christ’s kingdom.
- Pray COVID-19 would be eliminated from the Middle East soon.