From a senior pastor
“Here in Chad we have 7 confirmed cases as of two days ago. The confirmed case was on the 19th march 2020 so we expect that with the end of the incubation period we suspect more cases confirmed. The government of Chad has acted fast to order the closing of schools, bars and beer parlours, restaurants, places where people gather including worship places, the airport, mass transport as well as non-essential businesses.
“The Churches responded fast by heeding to the orders.
“The Islamic Affairs Council also responded by submission to the government orders. However some radical mosques refused to shut down here in N’Djamena, in the North and it the South. That has irritated the government who ordered the Security forces to force the close down…
“It is feared that Chad might know a worse scenario because of its poor governance and corruption. All our neighboring countries have confirmed cases: Cameroun 223; Nigeria 139; Niger 34; Libya 10; CAR 3. Although borders are closed, however people sneak in and enter. Besides, the Chadian culture isn’t prepared for a total containment if that would be the case: people eat in group, mourn the dead as group…
“The Consequences of this COVID are great:
“As Chad faces the COVID, Boko Haram attacked and killed up a 100 soldiers. https://www.facebook.com/981351988624305/posts/2894038127355672/?sfnsn=mo.
That irritated the government which has launched a counter offensive. The offensive in partnership with the neighboring countries aims at eradicating Boko Haram from the Lake Chad.
“There is fear the terrorist exploit the confinement to its advantages.
“This season is very hot and very difficult for sick persons.
“THE CHURCH REACTION
A meeting between leaders of the Evangelical Fellowship, the Pentecostal Fellowship and Baptist Mid Missions agreed to obey the order of the Government and advised churches to operate now in homes and small groups. A task force was set up to monitor the evolution, inform churches and help organize the Church as to face the COVID 19. …
“We set up a whatsapp group through which church leaders are informed and resources are shared. I coordinate the group.
“Toward that end we are helping to sensitize the Churches about the COVID, offering training on small groups and the digital ministry, distributing audio bibles to some leaders, printing and distributing Bible Study handouts.
“The week of 29th March to 04 April is a united week of prayer and fasting against the COVID 19.