Orphanages suffer as the government of Belarus fails to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak.
Many areas of the United States appear to have passed their peaks of new coronavirus cases, but Russia and the surrounding countries are just now reaching that point. Russia saw a record number of new cases and deaths on Saturday.
Belarus in particular has not prepared well for the coronavirus. Its president has suggested people fight the virus by eating garlic, among other things. The country has not banned large public gatherings, and its soccer league remains one of the few still in operation around the world.
And the most vulnerable will suffer as a result. Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says, “We received an email talking about a particular orphanage in Belarus, where the orphanage was closed due to the quarantine. [Now] 70% of the kids are from broken homes, where 30% are true orphans. A lot of these kids [have been] sent back to their broken homes, which is tragic.”
SGA ministers to orphans in the former Soviet Union through its Orphans Reborn program. Read the story of another Belarus orphanage that faces its own coronavirus outbreak.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the Church in Belarus, that Christians there would proclaim the risen Christ as their only hope, and that they would be safe from the coronavirus.
- Ask God to help the orphanages in Belarus that are suffering due to the coronavirus.