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Dearly beloved Bethany Family Members, 

The new epidemic COVID-19 has escalated into a global crisis, spreading fear and uncertainty everywhere in the world .In the present scenario we should take it seriously in providing necessary pastoral care and support through our persistent prayers and spiritual help to all  people who are undergoing this crisis. We especially pray for the elderly people, and those who are vulnerable. Moreover, let us gratefully uphold in prayer the commendable service of all our members especially health workers and all our medical support service staff. It would be desirable that we may find feasible ways of helping people with the spiritual support at this time. 

To avoid community spread gatherings in which people stand or sit close each other has to be restricted or suspended as per WHO   guidelines and advice. It is important that we follow the guidelines initiated by governmental officials and health agencies. As the disease is now community spread it is also important to limit the spread as much as possible. The point is not to panic but to prepare by being proactively employing measures that discourages community spread. Just believe in God, never panic keep praying, God saves his people. This is also time to explore the virtual Church in our local Churches. Churches are not being closed. Buildings are being closed. And You are the Church! You are to remain open. At this time, we are conducting online services. 

May this Lenten Season enable us all to experience the transforming grace of  God! Fortieth Friday in Lent, Palm Sunday, Passion Week, Passover Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter are celebrated in the month of April. On April 12th we are celebrating 19th Parish Day. For the healing of the world, Bible says in the Book of Second Chronicles Chapter 7 Verse 14 “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. We have had great response to build a new Church here to worship living God. Support of all the Church members spiritually and financially is inevitable at this peek time. “Each one must, give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). I humbly beg all the Church Members to donate generously to the building fund. Life is a gift of God for the existence of our life we must pay tithe of everything to God. Behind every problem there is God’s great purpose. So, we have to realize what is the real purpose about us in this world. Let us pray for the sake of the entire world. God bless us.

In Christ,

Rev.Jacob Thomas Achen.

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