Update 20 April: At the time of writing our original statement in March, no OMF workers had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Now a small number of our workers have been infected. All are displaying mild symptoms. As far as we know, these workers have not been to any OMF office since developing these symptoms. They are following the recommended medical advice, including self-isolation. Our leaders are in touch with them and our medical advisors are monitoring their condition. We pray for the Lord to heal these workers quickly, and graciously extend his protection to the rest of the organization.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) that first emerged in Wuhan, China has had a significant impact on OMF ministries in East Asia and our centres around the world.
As the impact of COVID-19 is felt increasingly in the UK, we wanted to assure you that we are doing all we can to minimise the disruption to your interactions with OMF (UK). We also continue to be supporting those serving in East Asia where the virus is also affecting daily life.
Following UK government advice, we have had to cancel or postpone many meetings and events for the time being. However, ministry continues and needs your prayer and support. In this new situation, we will have to find creative ways of doing this. In the first instance, your local Area Representative(s) continue to be available by phone or email.
Although the National Office team will be working remotely from home where possible, we will endeavour to continue sending out prayer letters as well as processing donations and payments.
Finally, OMF General Director Patrick Fung offers a sense of perspective:
‘We have all been praying for the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As we face many uncertainties, it is critical to remember that there is no uncertainty in God. We are deeply thankful to the Lord for what he has allowed us to do even with recent limitations. We are driven by faith, not by fear… May our hearts be encouraged as we continue to put our faith in God. Perhaps this virus forces us to press the “pause” button. It is a time to pause, to reflect, but it is also a time to unite and to reach out. Let us continue to put our faith in him.’
OMF UK Leadership Team
Got questions? You can find our OMF (UK) and COVID-19 FAQ here.