Jo and I were recently in touch with the cathedral in Malawi – which the Cathedral Mission Group support. Here’s the reply from the cathedral’s Development Committee:
“Thank you so much for your Email.
We are deeply touched to hear of the enormous number of people who have succumbed to the attack of Coronavirus. Yes, the disease is deadly and very threatening. We pray for the departed souls to rest eternal peace.
Back here, at national level 36 people were tested after showing signs and symptoms of the disease. 7 have fully recovered, 3 died of the disease and the rest are on institutional quarantine and improving.
In Nkhotakota one case was reported at Dwangwa and he has since recovered. We thank Almighty God that this far we have been safe with our families. The Ministry of Health announced a number of preventive measures that include staying at home if necessary, washing hands frequently, no hand shakes, observing social distance of one to two metres plus many more.
At the Cathedral, the clergy have been conducting two services to avoid over clouding and observe social distance. We do not know if this will be sustained for a long time because Government is coming up with additional measures to contain the virus.
Nationally, a Lockdown has been challenged in the High Court because of lack of mitigation measures to protect the ultra poor communities who leave a hand to mouth way of life through small businesses on the market. They form about 80 per cent of the 18 million Malawians. This group would die of starvation in their homes if Lockdown would be implemented.
Back to our church programmes, we have applied the funds you sent us on the Fence Project and feeding program by the Cathedral’s Charity Committee. On the fence we have done more than 10 panels while we gave K200,000 to Charity Committee for purchase of maize flour and other basic necessities that were distributed to the vulnerable persons from our local community. We are currently preparing detailed report that I will send to you soon.
We are very grateful for the financial support that Chester Cathedral sent to us. Please convey our sincere thanks from All Saints Cathedral congregation. Thank you.
May God always protect you as we go through this Covid 19 pandemic.
All Saints Cathedral Development Committee”
From: Chris Jones
Published: Wednesday 6 May 2020