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Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network

Barnabas Fund has formed an emergency committee to monitor the evolving situation as the coronavirus spreads globally and how it impacts our project partners around the world, assessing how to best support them. We have an extensive network of project partners already in place, who will send us updates on a regular basis.

Barnabas Fund, working with GAFCON, is preparing an Africa-wide committee to assist in deploying relief and assistance, gathering information, making needs known, sourcing finance and supplies and ensuring reliable distribution to those in most need. To this end it is a member of the Network for African Congregational Theology, of 55 seminaries, colleges and universities, which are in a position to distribute help on the ground.

Latest reports:

TURKMENISTAN: 31 March 2020

From a senior pastor

TAJIKISTAN: 31 March 2020

From a pastor and director of a Bible college

UZBEKISTAN: 31 March 2020

“On March 15 the first case of coronavirus was recorded in our country.

CHINA: 2 April 2020

“I urge you not to be afraid and not to despair, but to look at this time as an opportunity to serve: to serve God, family and others. Using any available resources.

INDONESIA: 6 April 2020

“This is Tika. She is a Sunday school teacher living in Yogyakarta.

SRI LANKA: 28-29 March 2020

From seven pastors and Christian leaders in different parts of the country

KENYA: 30 March 2020

“NAME WITHHELD community currently suffers from the stigma of having the first Covid19 positive case in Kenya.

UGANDA: 30 March 2020

“The church in the West Nile for the last two Sundays have maintained family services.

SOUTH SUDAN: 1 April 2020

“Harvest and crops- how is it looking for the year? It is looking bad due to desert locust swarm which is ravaging the East African region currently. It is already affecting agricultural products in South Sudan.

CHAD: 1 April 2020

“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.

UGANDA: 1 April 2020

“ … two days ago, any means of transport was stopped except ambulances and motorcycles carrying food to deliver to people only.

ZAMBIA: 30 March 2020

“This serves as an update to you on the hardships that church ministers are presently experiencing due to floods, toxic-chemical spray and corona virus lockdown particularly in the shanty township of NAME WITHHELD in Lusaka Zambia.

SOUTH SUDAN: 31 March 2020

“The situation in South Sudan is like that in Zimbabwe, though South Sudan is still coronavirus free.

NIGERIA: 30 March 2020 (2)

“Last week, my church packaged food items (rice, beans, cooking oil) in three different locations in Lagos for households in need.

BANGLADESH: 31 March 2020

From a senior pastor with a concern for converts and their particular problems

NIGERIA: 31 March 2020

“In my congregation, we are trying to track every member on phone through the small group leaders.

UGANDA: 31 March 2020

From a senior pastor

MACEDONIA: 30 March 2020

“We are writing to you in order to illustrate the serious consequences of the Corona Virus pandemic on the lives of Roma in the Saraj community.

LAOS: 31 March 2020

From a local Christian ministry supported by Barnabas Fund

NIGERIA: 30 March 2020

Report sent from a theological seminary

Countries represented in our Network

Countries represented in our Network:  Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, USA, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Current list of partners (for security reasons, some partners not listed):

  • Africa Bible College (ABC), Malawi
  • Africa International University, Kenya
  • Anglican Church of Kenya
  • Anglican Church of Nigeria
  • Anglican Church of South Sudan
  • Anglican Church of Tanzania
  • Anglican Church of Uganda
  • Anglican International Development (AID), UK
  • Asia Graduate School of Theology, Nepal
  • Association for Christian Religious Practitioners, Southern Africa
  • Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa, Kenya
  • Bible College of the Evangelical Christian Baptist Union, Tajikistan 
  • Bible Media and Nehemiah Bible Institute, Africa
  • Biblica (South Africa)
  • Bishop Hannington Institute of Theology and Development, Kenya
  • Brethren Church, Pakistan
  • Carlile College, Kenya
  • Chancellor College, Malawi
  • Chorra Ministry, Ethiopia
  • Church of Ceylon, Sri Lanka
  • Church of North India
  • Church of Pakistan
  • Daystar University, Kenya
  • Dinka Congregations in Juba, South Sudan
  • Domboshava Theological College, Zimbabwe
  • Doon Bible College, India
  • Dutch Reformed Church, South Africa
  • Ecumenical Foundation of Southern Africa
  • ECWA Theological Seminary Church, Nigeria
  • Ethiopian Full Gospel Theological Seminary
  • Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology
  • Evangelical Alliance of Kenya
  • Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC)
  • Free State University, South Africa
  • GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference)
  • HEFSIBA Mozambique
  • Hugenote College, South Africa
  • Instituto Bíblico de Kaluquembe – Missão Urgente, Angola
  • Instituto Superior de Teologia Evangelica no Lubango, Angola
  • Instituto Teológico da Igreja Evangélica Reformada de Angola
  • International Leadership University, Kenya
  • Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, Nigeria
  • Josophat Mwale Theological Institution, Malawi
  • Justo Mwale University (JMU), Zambia
  • Methodist Church, Ghana
  • Methodist Church, Nigeria
  • Moffat Bible College, Kenya
  • Morija Theological Seminary, Lesotho
  • Murray Theological College, Zimbabwe
  • Nairobi Baptist Church, Kenya
  • Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Nile Theological College, South Sudan
  • North West University, South Africa
  • Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kenya
  • Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, UK
  • Pan Africa Christian University, Kenya
  • Presbyterian Church, Southern Africa
  • Pretoria University, South Africa
  • PTHU Global Christianity, Netherlands
  • Redeemed Christian Bible College, Nigeria
  • Reformational Study Centre, Southern Africa
  • Reformed and Presbyterian Seminary, Nepal
  • Reformed Church University, Zimbabwe
  • Reformed Institute for Theological Training, Kenya
  • Reformed Mission League
  • Reformed Theological Seminary, Nigeria 
  • Rusitu Bible College, Zimbabwe
  • Scott Christian University, Kenya
  • Seminario Emanuel do Dôndi, Angola
  • Serampore College, India
  • St Frumentius Abba Selama Kessate Berhan Theological College, Ethiopia
  • St John’s College of Theology and Development, South Sudan
  • St. Paul’s University, Kenya
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Syriac Orthodox Church
  • The Church in the Province of the West Indies
  • The Church of Pentecost, Ghana
  • The Reformed Family Forum, Southern Africa 
  • Theological College of Northern Nigeria
  • Uganda Christian University
  • UMCA Theological College, Nigeria
  • Université Shalom de Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • University of Livingstonia, Malawi
  • World Communion of Reformed Churches
  • Zarephath Bible Seminary, Pakistan
  • Zomba Theological College, Malawi