NBCC appeals churches to follow govt guidelines

DIMAPUR, MAR 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/19/2020 12:35:56 PM IST

In response to increased anxieties and concerns around the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has called upon all its member associations and churches to remain vigilant and alert to potential dangers from this virus. The council in an advisory issued through its general secretary Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho also asked all its Churches and establishments to follow standard guidelines being framed by the State government. NBCC said as Christians “we have a responsibility to care for each other and ourselves”. With World Health Organisation now declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, it said the Christians should be seen as part of the solution rather than potentially becoming part of the problem. NBCC asked all its churches and establishments to follow standard guidelines being framed by the State government.

As this was a highly infectious disease caused by COVID-19 that spread from person to person through sneezing, coughing and contact with contaminated surfaces, NBCC urged congregations to take measures to keep themselves and their communities safe.  The best way of protecting from the spread of the virus is for everyone to use universal good hygiene at all times. 

So it was imperative at this juncture to encourage everyone to continue to maintain good hygiene, the release emphasised.

NBCC, however, maintained that church should remain open as a place of worship and prayer to experience the presence of God for comfort, guidance and strengthening of faith. But it called for following the precautionary measures as the situation demanded, keeping in mind that the church must be rooted in prayer and serving others. 

As followers of a God who emptied Himself to redeem sinful humanity, the church led by the pastoral team should be at the forefront of providing practical care and support, praying for the sick, the scared, the affected and the needy and the vulnerable during this time of crisis, the council stressed, while appealing “Let us be bearers of hope and pray for the end of this pandemic”. 

NBCC said the church should stand tall and build confidence of its members and pray that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our thoughts in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7). 

It urged the church leaders to closely monitor the situation and follow safety and precautionary measures at all times.



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