Thank you for praying for our overseas partners, as they help their communities protect themselves against COVID-19. We thought you might appreciate an update from Wukwashi in Zambia.
Last week, we heard from Joyce, Wukwashi's co-Director. Overall, the news is encouraging. Joyce tells us she has had a bad back but, otherwise, she and Henry and their children are all well. All the Wukwashi volunteers are well too, as are the children and families Wukwashi serves. Apparently there have been very few cases of COVID-19. As BBC News reports: 'Zambia currently has a total of 1,382 positive coronavirus cases out of 45,248 tests conducted. A total of 1,142 people have recovered while 11 have died from the virus.'
A word of caution, however: it's important to note that the actual total death toll from COVID-19 is likely to be higher than the number of confirmed deaths. This is due to limited testing for the virus and problems in the attribution of the cause of death; it's possible that many more people have died from COVID-19 but simply had their deaths attributed to other conditions.
Joyce tells us that things are very much returning to normal in Zambia. However, bars remain closed, as do the majority of schools, except for the classes who are due to take exams. The churches are now open but everyone has to wear a mask. There are also acute food shortages, caused by a combination of poor harvests and COVID-19 disrupting supply lines.
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Again, thank you so much for standing with us in prayer. If you want to keep praying for BCT and our partners in an informed way, there are a few options to help you do that.