COVID-19


Coalition for Action

The church has left the building in most parts of the world, but the church has not ceased to exist.  We have been preaching for years that the church is the people of God, the “called-out ones.”  And now, we get to practice what we preach.

In this time of crisis, we look to the government and to the medical experts, but the Church also has a voice and has an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need at this time.  That takes unity and a coalition to work together and know each other’s challenges.

We believe that the current pandemic calls for a pan-Christian response.  We believe, as God’s Church, that He is calling us to stand together in the face of bad information and misinformation.  We believe that EVERY PERSON is able to be the Church in their sphere of influence, and do all they can do to love their neighbor in this critical time.

The following Coalition for Action is a statement of commitment by Denominations, Ministries, and Christian Institutions, and churches to obey their country directives concerning COVID-19 and apply wisdom to the challenges and opportunities presented by it.  We agree with the great Reformer Martin Luther:

 “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.” [Martin Luther in a letter to Rev. Dr. John Hess, 1527, concerning a plague that hit his town of Wittenberg.]

  • Please read the full document for endorsing this coalition:  Coalition for Action COVID-19
    Please join this coalition if you so choose after reading the full document.
    To see the full listing of all those who have already joined, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
  • Together, we act as the body of Christ, listening and learning in order to help all to flourish.  Here are some of the opportunities that those of us who have salaries, medical insurance, regular electricity and internet, to help others stay at home and out of crowded places.  To date, we have contributed $60,000 to keep people home but the challenge will continue for a number of weeks yet for millions.
    • Crisis Assistance:  Our partners in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda are working with various denominations, churches, ministries and businesses to assess the needs of those impacted by COVID-19.  Some of those needs for the millions who are unemployed include:
      • buying food
      • buying disinfectant cleaning supplies
      • buying materials to make masks
      • phone cards in order to stay in contact with loved ones, while sheltering in place
      • internet usage for pastors and members who want to connect as a church through the internet

Please consider giving to this fund.  Your gift will be given where it is most needed.

Those who have joined this coalition:

Denominations:

  • Burkina Faso:  Christian Missionary Alliance, 1000 churches
  • Burundi:  Maranatha Gospel Churches, Jerusalem Temple Burundi, Pentecostal Assemblies of God, Eglise Enseble pour la Defense de la parole de Dieu, Ivyabona vya Yesu Kristo, Isoko Yamazi, y’Ubugingo, Christ Life
  • Ethiopia:  Kale Heywet Church, 9800 churches with more than 10 million members.  Read what Dr. Semeon Mulatu said about COVID-19 in his church.
  • Ghana:  Be Made Whole International Ministry
  • Kenya:  Anglican Church of Kenya, Kitale Diocese, 300 churches.
  • Uganda:  Jubilee Christian Life Churches, Pentecostal Assemblies of God (6000 churches)

Organizations:

Burkina Faso:

  • AEAD

Burundi:

  • ICM Burundi

Cameroon

  • ALAACS Microfinance Bank
  • HUTSEED

Ethiopia

Ghana

  • Bountiful Blessings Bible Training Institute
  • Ghana Christian University
  • Hopespring Foundation
  • Hopeline Institute
  • ICM Ghana
  • Joshua Generation Network
  • Markaz al Bishara
  • Thelma Odonkor Foundation
  • The Wesleyan Church
  • Touchbearers

Kenya

  • Great Mercy Development Center, Kitale

Nigeria

  • Development Associates International Nigeria
  • Divine Women General Merchants, Jebbu Bassa, Plateau State

Tanzania

  • Africa Theological Seminary, Dar Es Salaam

Uganda

  • Heart for Chidren/Kimbilio
  • ICM Uganda

United States

  • International Christian Ministries USA
  • Resonate Global Mission
  • Significant Matters

Churches

Burundi

  • Evangelical Friends Church
  • Eglise du Rocher
  • New Life Church
  • Isoko Yamazi Yubugingo
  • La Flame Divine

Cameroon

  • Grace and Truth Family Ministries, Bamenda
  • Full Gospel Church, Pastor Daniel
  • Presbyterian Church, Pastor Nana Lilian
  • Baptist Church, Pastor Nyanki Standly
  • Baptist Church, Pastor Tchipkeng Adolf
  • Peniel Church of Nations, Pastor Nzomo Denis
  • Peniel Church of Nations, Pastor Dieni Amadou
  • City of Truth Ministry, Pastor Nokoson

Chad

  • Evangelical Church of Chad, N’Djamena

Ghana

  • Adventist Churches (SDA)
  • Baptist Churches
  • Crossroads Community Church
  • Christian Outreach Fellowship
  • Faith Baptist Church
  • Good Shepherd Assemblies of God Ghana
  • Harvest Chapel International
  • Living Bread Mission
  • Makarious Chapel
  • Restoration Christian Church
  • Seat of Grace Chapel International

Kenya

  • Endebess Growth Church

Nigeria

  • Assemblies of God Church, Heipang Jos
  • Bishara Baptist Church, Kaduna
  • ECWA Good News Church, Kaduna
  • ECWA Church, Illorian
  • ECWA Centeral ARea, Abuja
  • Truth and Life Gospel Church, Kaduna
  • Victory Baptist Church Maridan Rido, Kaduna
  • Wisdom Chapel, Rayfield Jos