This article was published on March 13th. For the most recent updates, please visit this link.
Recent news reports about the international outbreak of the new coronavirus are raising awareness about the potentially fatal disease COVID-19. As a result, you may be concerned and wondering about the effect of this outbreak on your sponsored child.
Currently, we do not have any reports of Compassion-assisted children diagnosed with COVID-19.
Staff at Compassion centers around the globe are already actively teaching children about hygiene and disease prevention — especially hand-washing! As you’ve probably heard in news reports, this is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other similar viruses.
This proactive education is especially important because, as the World Health Organization states, “Poverty creates conditions that favor the spread of infectious diseases.”
Please be assured that our staff, both at the Global Ministry Center and around the world, is closely monitoring developments. Our top priority is preventing the transmission of the coronavirus among the children we serve.
Help Families Affected
Families in poverty have no safety net in times of crisis. Help provide food, medical care and support during this pandemic.
We have suspended all international travel to our national offices and our front-line church partners through the end of April. This means we will not be permitting any international visitors to meet sponsored children, visit Compassion child development centers or visit national offices. We want to do everything we can to limit the additional spread of the virus and reduce strain on the already-taxed medical systems in the countries we serve.
We are also closely following guidelines pertaining to large group events in the United States and may eventually see the cancellation of sponsorship events, including concerts and festivals. Unfortunately, canceled events will lead to thousands of children waiting even longer for a sponsor.
*This article was published on March 13th. For the most recent updates, please visit this link.
Join Us in Praying
Viruses of this magnitude can affect all of us, and we ask that you pray with us for the children, families, churches, employees and sponsors already affected by this outbreak. Please join us in praying for:
- Protection from the virus for all children registered with Compassion and their families.
- Health and safety for all of our staff in the international and national offices.
- Children longing for a sponsor to be encouraged, loved and cared for during this long wait.
- Sponsors and their families who have been impacted by the virus.
God bless you for your care and concern for children living in extreme poverty. And thank you for keeping them in your prayers.
Remember: God Is Our Refuge and Strength
In all of the worry, let’s remember to turn our eyes to God for strength and comfort. Let’s remember to keep encouraging one another and holding fast to God’s truth.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
A pandemic like COVID-19 plus the challenges of poverty equals disaster. Our partner church workers around the world are courageously delivering essential items to desperate children and families. You can help provide food, water and medical support by giving toward Compassion’s Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you so much for your willing heart!