February 4, 2020

Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Adventist Church President Calls for Prayers for China and the World

The following message was made available for distribution by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Office of the President. ~ Editors 

I appeal to you to pray across this globe for the ongoing health challenge primarily in the large city of Wuhan in Hubei province in China, as every attempt is made to contain and eradicate the coronavirus. Several thousand people have contracted this challenging virus, and, sadly, a number have died. The government of China is doing an admirable job of trying to contain the outbreak. Our Seventh-day Adventist churches and other churches in Wuhan have been asked not to have services in order to prevent the spread of the illness. A number of cases have been identified in other parts of the world.

Precautions are being taken in many places to contain the spread of the virus. Please pray for government and health leaders in China who are conducting intense and considerable efforts to end this critical health situation. Pray for the people of China as they protect themselves from the virus. Pray for our church leaders and members in China and their health as well as the church’s efforts to assist the situation through church members as a result of the Holy Spirit working in them through Total Member Involvement. Pray for assistance being contemplated by ADRA China and ADRA Asia. Pray for families who have already lost loved ones. Pray for God’s healing hand on those who have the coronavirus in China and elsewhere. Pray for God’s redeeming power, as the Master Physician, to be exhibited everywhere.  

What a blessing to lean completely on Christ as He guides us to our eternal home, where there will be no more health challenges. Until then, pray and work to help others as Christ would — all through His great power.

Ted N. C. Wilson
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists