An Indian pastor is calling for prayers from Christians around the world as India suffers greatly with the second wave of COVID-19, describing the nation as “a valley of death.”
India has been suffering from the overwhelming impact of the second wave of coronavirus. Nearly 400,000 new positive patients are being recorded daily and over 3,000 people are dying.
According to an Indian pastor, almost every family in India has been affected by the virus. Christian groups are exerting their efforts to aid in the nation’s adversity by providing food, temporary shelters, and prayers.
“Every Indian has someone or other in their family who has been affected,” the Rev. Moumita Biswas from the Church of North India said in an interview. “We need the support of food, which churches have been helping to provide. And, of course, prayers.”
On Sunday, the country has recorded 368,000 new cases, at least 392,000 on Saturday, and over 400,000 on Friday. The drop in the number during the weekend was due to the lower testing rate. It is believed that the actual number of people being infected by the coronavirus is 10 times higher than the official figures.
“We have been in a terrible state for the past two and a half weeks,” Rev. Moumita shared. “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.”
Rev. Vijayesh Lal, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India, also shared that people are dying because of having not enough infrastructure.
“They are dying because of the lack of oxygen and hospital beds because they are not able to get into hospitals,” he said. “Many are dying in their homes, some are dying in their cars, on the roads. It is a very distressing time in India, like a tsunami, like a wave that has hit India. The healthcare system is completely stressed. Many of my doctor friends who were busy at the forefront in treating patients are now COVID positives. I have lost extended family members and I have lost friends.”
As India faces the seemingly darkest moment of the nation, let us all lift them in our prayers. They need our prayers now more than ever.
Reference: The Christian Post