Pastors in India Ask for Prayers as Country Battles Record Coronavirus Deaths and Infections

A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is evacuated from a hospital after it caught fire in Virar, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

As India records record deaths and Covid-19 cases, church ministers in the country are asking for prayer.

On Saturday, India became the first country in the world to record over 400,000 new cases in one day. A day later, the health ministry said a record 3,689 people had died within the past 24 hours.

Ministers from Church of Scotland partner churches in India are asking for prayer as India struggles to cope with the staggering numbers of infected.

Rev Moumita Biswas, who is based in Calcutta and part of the Church of North India, said that the country had become “a valley of death”.

The present crisis is affecting her personally, having lost four of her relatives and a number of “close” colleagues to Covid.

“We have been in a terrible state for the past two and a half weeks,” she said.

“We are in a death-trap now, it has become a valley of death. Before this wave hit we just knew the numbers but now it’s our family members, our relatives, our church leaders who have died.”

She continued, “Every Indian has someone or other in their family who has been affected.

“We need support of food, which churches have been helping to provide. And, of course, prayers.

“Sharing our pain is a process of catharsis and helps to feel like we aren’t alone and that our brothers and sisters are with us, which means a lot.

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SOURCE: Christian Today

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