A ministry is calling on Christians to go into a prayer mode for virus victims in Russia and beyond.
Like the rest of the world, Russia has been impacted by COVID-19, including with serious damage to its economy. People are losing their jobs, in many cases where they only earned $500 a month.
Michael Johnson of the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) tells OneNewsNow people are suffering, including little ones. Meanwhile, the virus has yet to reach its peak.
"We are seeing children who are living in state-run orphanages where we have ministry -- many of the orphanages are closing, and they're being taken out of the orphanages and put back into their homes … where they've experienced a tremendous amount of abuse and violence," Johnson laments.
SGA also does a lot of work in the war zone which is Eastern Ukraine, and the situation there is getting worse.
"We're connected to a network of roughly 6,350 churches all throughout the ten countries of the former Soviet Union where we work, and we're getting reports all day long about problems and significant need, but at the same time, significant ministry opportunities through these churches," Johnson shares.
SGA is working hard to provide for physical and spiritual needs, and Johnson is asking for the Church worldwide to participate in a campaign called "Christ over COVID: Much Prayer, Much Power" -- praying for the needs of people impacted by the virus and for an end to the crisis, but also that God would continue to open hearts to the gospel and the Truth of his Word.