Omicron Variant Interrupts Plans, Delays Recovery 

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The Omicron surge stops international travel in its tracks. More about that here. Currently traveling in Europe, Joe Handley of Asian Access constantly checks for updates and new requirements.

“The situation is very dynamic. I’m going to be in four countries on this trip, and one of them looks like it’s going to require a 10-day quarantine because of the Omicron variant,” Handley says.

“I’m just waiting, [biding] the time to see if things change.”

Asian Access helps churches develop leaders and build capacity in 18 Asian countries. One of those nations – Bangladesh – issued new travel rules on Friday.

“A colleague of mine from Bangladesh was planning to join me [and] they just advised him not to come; we had to cancel his trip,” Handley says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray for traveling mercies for Handley and good health for those at-risk of infection.
  • Pray the Omicron variant is truly less severe than previous COVID-19 mutations.
  • Pray that, as more details emerge, Asian Access leaders would have wisdom. Pray they will know how to best serve and support partners who are facing difficult conditions.
  • Pray for healing for COVID-19 patients in the hospital, fighting for their lives.

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