Leadership Statement on Novel Coronavirus
1 February 2020
Dear Lighthouse Family
The outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) that originated in Wuhan, China, is a global public health issue that has understandably caused a great deal of concern for many people. This is especially so for those of us in Lighthouse who may be or have recently travelled from, or know and have regular contact with people in, China.
Left unchecked, legitimate concern can morph into full blown fear. But God has not given us a spirit of fear. He has given to us a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
As the leadership team of Lighthouse, we apply this verse to the current situation, and encourage each of you to do the same.
Let truth and wisdom guide our thoughts and actions. We will heed the advice of our government, through the Ministry of Health, on the situation as it develops, particularly as it relates to public gatherings.
This advice can be found on the MOH website: (https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov). It is updated daily and the guidelines for self-imposed quarantine periods and when to seek medical assistance can be found on that website.
Additionally, we should each take the usual precautions for preventing illness and infections such as good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if unwell.
Finally, let’s be conscious of the need to seek and speak only what is true. In an age where misinformation can easily spread by careless dissemination, let us be discerning so that we do not contribute to a climate of fear but speak the comfort of the Lord and His grace into every situation.
Let love guide our thoughts and actions. Let’s look out for one another. Give someone a call to encourage them, especially those with family in China. Send them a message or email. Comfort those who are afraid. Lift up those who are burdened.
Let the power of God guide our thoughts and actions. We are not powerless in the face of this illness. We have the power of God to call upon, in faith and through prayer. Let us pray for the medical experts and governments of the world. Let us pray for the sick and afflicted. Let us pray for the Lord to sovereignly intervene and bring respite to the affected nations so that His lovingkindness will be known to all.
Shalom and God bless
For and on behalf of the Pastoral Oversight and
Trustees of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship
March 2019 - February 2020
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