Since July 1st, people can’t leave their houses except to get basic supplies, and a curfew starts at 8 pm. Most businesses have to close, meaning no income for many people.
Restrictions will stay in place until COVID-19 cases fall below a certain threshold. And government help for poor families will arrive too late for many. Joe Handley of Asian Access says, “While Malaysia is kind of a middle-income country, and better off than some of its nearby neighbors that are lower-income groups, it is still hit hard. Small businesses and SME’s have been forced to close. And it’s really put a strain on the local families.”
Help from the Church
But Handley says churches have risen to the occasion, providing for their neighbors in need.
“They do ask for prayer. They want the Gospel to continue to flourish. And they want to see the nation impacted both in terms of individual lives as well as holistically.”
Pray the love of these Christians would point many to hope in Jesus. And pray COVID-19 would recede across Malaysia. Handley says, “They would love to see a rapid rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations. So far, only about 10-20 percent of the population is vaccinated. Ultimately, they’d love to see a proper recovery from the pandemic overall, along with a corresponding recovery in the economy.”
Listen to the broadcast (story starts at 1:39)
- This story by Katey Hearth was originally published on 09-Jul-2021 by Mission Network News:
- Download the audio file: https://s3.amazonaws.com/a2-media/audio/4-5min-Jul09-2021.mp3
- Image credit: Header photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Mission Network News exists to inform multitudes about stories that matter and empowers them to take action that changes lives. Join over 1 million radio and internet users each day. Hear stories of what God is doing around the world – and how you can be involved. Each MNN broadcast includes pray, give, or go opportunities that help you find your place in the story. Sign up at mnnonline.org to receive daily news in your inbox. Or check out MNN on social media and share them with others. MNN is a ministry of OneWay Ministries.