Messages from our Global Partners in this time of pandemic

Published: Monday April 27, 2020

We are honoured to partner with dioceses across the world, and have been blessed with messages of love and prayer from these dioceses at this difficult time. These messages are below. Read more about our global partnerships.

A letter from Revd Christy Gnanadasan of Karnataka Central, Church of South India

Greetings on behalf of our Bishop and Karnataka Central Diocese!

Since the Government has announced a national lock-down, our Bishop has asked the churches to not to have services in the churches until further deliberation. However, our Bishop is continuing his administration from Holy Trinity Church office, which happens to be Bishop’s campus. Bishop is active on social media giving awareness to the congregation and society at large about the epidemic. Bishop conducts worship via electronic media and preaches situational sermons every Sunday, which is viewed by our congregations. Bishop has also encouraged the pastors to be active in ministry through social media, and we have a good number of churches having their worships through YouTube.
Further, the diocese is also engaged in meeting the basic needs of the people in and around Bangalore by regularly supplying food, water bottle and essential groceries. Also the churches are encouraged to do so. The Karnataka government has requested for financial support in order to meet the medical facility and also rehabilitation facility for which the Bishop has encouraged the congregations to raise funds in order to help the government to handle the situation.

State Context
The State of Karnataka has announced section 144 which warns people not to be in groups nor to come out of their homes. A complete lock-down of the state except for the essential stores which is similar to UK. The government has also announced non-bailable arrest if people violate the lock-down. The situation is not so conducive. Let us uphold each other and the world in our prayers and pray for the annihilation of corona virus all over the world.

Revd Christy Gnanadasan
Link Officer in Bangalore for the Karnataka Central/Gloucester Diocesan Partnership
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A letter from Bishop V. Prasada Rao of Dornakal, India

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A message from Bishop Mikael Mogren of Västerås, Sweden

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A message from Bishop Sadock Makaya of Western Tanganyika, Tanzania

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A letter from Bishop Lucinda Ashby of El Camino Real, USA

We here in the Diocese of El Camino Real sincerely hope that your Easter Sunday brought light and hope in uncertain times. We celebrated in our diocese with a diocesan-wide virtual service that was multi-lingual and had voices and music from all parts of our land. It was a rather eclectic, humble celebration, I believe not unlike the first day of the Resurrection!

We are well. Some of our congregations are faring better than others, and some populations better than others. Those in our midst who are in the hospitality industry, construction, or small businesses are having a very difficult time. Others are barely affected, merely inconvenienced. We have established a relief fund for these former families, and I pray that those who are merely inconvenienced remain just so.

I’ve been watching the news, reports from the UK in particular, and I am praying for you and the Diocese of Gloucester. I hope that this Easter season is one of good surprises and healing.

Grateful to you for all you do and are,

The Right Rev. Lucinda Ashby
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

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Finally …

Please pray for our partner diocese of Karnataka Central Diocese, Church of South India.

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