By: Rev. Emmanuel Ndolimana, BMI Regional Director Africa
COVID -19 pandemic has come in an unexpected way leaving nations with fear, confusion and uncertainty. In Rwanda as of last night, there are 41 confirmed cases and over 648 people quarantined after getting into contact with those with the virus. Therefore, the government has taken very cautious measures to help combat the spread of the virus. People are to stay home except in cases of getting food and medical, medical help or bank services. The measures taken include: closing all country borders, all airports, churches, small groups, public transports of any form including buses, taxis and motorcycles. All schools, businesses are closed except banks, medical facilities, food markets, gas stations and essential commodities. No road transport from district to district except a few authorized food deliveries and medical emergencies are allowed.
With the poverty here, there are families who live from hand to mouth by working to get food for that day, they are already highly affected by this crisis. They are in need of food supplies and hygiene items to help people wash their hands and stay clean. If nothing is done, more might die with starvation than the virus.
The response on our side has been to encourage other believers through phone and social media. Practically, we installed hand-washing stations at our church premises for everyone passing by and using on our premises. We have requested all our members with resources to give to those in need. So far, we have distributed food and soaps to 41 families in need through generous donations. Those served are the most affected families in need (double orphans, widows, elderly without support) from both church and the community.
We are praying for nations believing God to heal this world.