Over 2,000 pastors and Christian leaders have died from COVID-19 in India.
We, the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, the children of God need to pray daily, nightly, continually for all the saints around this fallen and collapsing world. Let us pray less for ourselves and those we may know and spend more time in fervent, faithful prayer for the disciples of Jesus we do not know around this world. It is our duty. It is our instruction in the word of God. Let us not fail to obey such instruction.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Ephesians 6:18 — King James Version
Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:18 — Christian Standard Bible
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:18 — New International Version
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 — New International Version
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.
James 5:16 — Christian Standard Bible
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16 — King James Version
Thursday, June 10th, 2021
ACP — A Crooked Path
Over 2,000 COVID-19 Deaths Among Pastors and Christian Leaders in India and Nepal Leave Christians Floundering and Ministries in Danger of Collapse
June 8, 2021
Reprinted from Barnabas Aid
Christian leaders in India and Nepal are dying of Covid-19 at such a rate that scores of Christian ministries are in danger of closing because there is no one to lead them. Black fungus now poses an additional deadly threat in India.
Both India and Nepal have lost many of their church leaders to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving their sick, frightened and hungry congregations without pastoral care.
In addition, at least 40 ministries in India are in danger of closing down, simply because their leaders have died and there is no one able to replace them.
On June 2, some of Barnabas Aid’s Indian project partners reported that well over 2,000 pastors and other Christian leaders had already died in India.
Christians in Nepal are being left without pastoral care because so many of their pastors and church leaders are dying from Covid-19.
A Christian leader in Nepal told Barnabas Aid on May 26, “We are losing many pastors and leaders – even this morning we lost two pastors. Situation is very, very bad right now. More than 150 pastors and leaders are in [the] hospital, isolating and Covid-19 positive. Many poor Christians have no food to eat. We have already experienced starvation.”
A highly infectious strain of Covid-19 has overwhelmed India, producing “a health and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions,” in the words of an Indian Christian doctor who wrote to Barnabas Aid.
Many recovering Covid-19 patients in India have been infected by the “black fungus,” which maims or kills many of its victims. The situation in neighboring Nepal is even worse, because the health infrastructure was weaker than in India to start with.
The Christian population of India is estimated to be approaching 4% and in Nepal approaching 5%.