Strength and courage
COVID-19 has arrived in landlocked Niger and the number of cases has reached 253 in less than four weeks. Thankfully, the President of Niger has been passing measures to try to slow the spread of the virus while also understanding that lockdowns will not work here. International help is allowing for testing, installation of new hospital beds, and economic support as well.
We are scheduled to return to Canada this summer for our home assignment. But as long as we are present in Niger, we will encourage and model behaviours to slow the spread of the virus.
Like the last Animataf (men’s community group) meeting pictured above. I stood 2 meters away from everyone, so everyone else stayed at least a little bit spaced apart. One man asked if we were shaking hands when he arrived. The others said we weren’t because I wasn’t. It takes strength and courage for these men to give up traditions, even a proper salutation.
Though our influence is limited in these communities at this time, we desire to be examples of faithful followers of truth. We encourage and pray for others that they would have the strength and courage to walk in truth as well, with regards to COVID-19, community life, and spiritual matters.
May we be strong and courageous, for the Lord will never leave nor forsake us.
Ace (& Cecilia)
The Cheungs in Niger:
BP 12257 Niamey, Niger