The pandemic has created an extraordinary time of need. It has a horrific effect on the health of some. It has created financial hardship for many as unemployment reaches levels last seen in the 1929-1939 Great Depression. Until now it was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world, sparking fundamental changes in economic institutions, macroeconomic policy, and economic theory.
CoViD-19 raging all over the world shall bring a lot of changes in our way of looking at things and in our way to continue our way of life. We can only hope time has arrived that people their eyes shall open and that they at least come to see we cannot continue to consume and live the way most of us do.
For many this pandemic also creates a spiritual need to renew our faith even as we all suffer the effects of physical isolation and loneliness.
It is as someone has pushed the Alarm button and our escalator has come to a stop. The movements of the people got limited but the virus finds its way in all sorts of places. Where there are far-right politicians in power, by their ignorance most people find death.
The fatality rate of the new coronavirus remains one of the big unknowns of this pandemic. This is due to the fact that SARS-CoV-2 infection causes a wide range of symptom severity: from lack of symptoms to mild and severe disease, pneumonia, and death. According to an analysis of all 72,342 cases diagnosed in China as of February 11, the disease is mild for 81% of patients, 14% develop severe symptoms, and around 4-5% are critical. More recent data, pooled from 14 European countries, indicate that around 40% of confirmed cases have been hospitalised and 2% of these require critical care.
The coronavirus CoViD-19 is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances. Most deaths may be found by people over 65, but youngsters or not immune for it. Also very young children found death.
In total on August the 9th already 19,838,786 people got infected and 730,306 lost their life from this virus.
In Belgium we are confronted with standing on the 37th place in the world ranking with 73,401 infections, having 9870 dead people or 851 deaths/1 million.
But there are not just the dead we should be concerned. A lot of living people are also indirectly a casualty of this disease. Those who by the closure of their own business or by the closing down of the company were they were working, now have to face financial difficulties.
The Christadelphian community with several ecclesiae and organisations, like WCF and MAD are taking steps to address these needs because we believe faith must be active and faith should grow together, especially in times of crisis. We stand ready to partner with ecclesiae as a vital backstop for those in dire financial need.
Recognizing the spiritual need, WCF have also launched special initiatives to help faith grow during this time of physical isolation, including Hymns for Sunday, Faith Chats and a recent effort to facilitate an Online Christadelphian Bible School this summer.
All sort of help is welcome.
You also may help us financially by contributing to our Giro bankaccount:
IBAN: BE37 9730 6618 2528 – BIC ARSPBE22 with the notification: “Christadelphian preaching” or with the notification “Assistance”.