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A pastor in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak is at its worst, penned a letter addressed to Christians everywhere seeking to describe the trial believers in Wuhan are enduring.

The pastor, who remained anonymous, said “the safety of the congregation, a faithful witness, the possibility that members could contract the illness, have all become a great area of struggle,” but an even greater opportunity to witness to the peace that is possible through Jesus in the face of death.

“The situation is so critical, yet (we are) trusting in the Lord’s promises, that his thoughts toward us are of peace, and not evil (Jeremiah. 29:11), and that he allows for a time of testing, not to destroy us, but to establish us,” the pastor wrote.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called the coronavirus, which began in Wuhan and has accumulated over 60 000 confirmed cases and 1369 confirmed deaths, and has far surpassed the SARS outbreak of 2002 and 2003, “explosive” and “unprecedented” with potential to become a worldwide pandemic.

Believers are mobilising on the ground and are sharing the love of Jesus by handing out free facemasks. They are risking infection and persecution by the Communist authorities. Please pray for the believers in Wuhan.

Underground churches in China have faced around 6,000 closures since the communist government decided to pass laws seeking to take total control over religion.

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Date published: 13/02/2020

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