From Kenneth Meshoe .MP
17 March 2020
Dear ACDP friends
Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We are definitely living in extraordinary times. At the time of writing this, more than 185,000 people across the world have been infected with the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and the number of deaths is increasing by the day. Many flights have been cancelled, some businesses shut down and schools and universities closed.
Tomorrow, President Ramaphosa will be meeting with me and other political party leaders to discuss interventions to combat Covid-19 following his declaration of a national state of disaster on Sunday 15 March 2020. I will update you with any relevant feedback from this meeting in due course.
Remember that Job 3:25 says, “What I feared has come upon me, what I dreaded has happened to me.” Allowing yourself to become stressed and fearful will put you at a greater risk of becoming ill.
LET THE PRINCE OF PEACE BE YOUR ANCHOR
As Christians we should remember that God’s Word promises protection to all those who trust in the Lord, including in times when we face pandemics such as we have today. There is no reason to fear this crisis. When panic or fear tries to grip your heart or those around you, here are a few scriptures to remember and feed your spirit on:
God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1, Psalm 62:8)
God is our strong tower (Proverbs 18:10, Psalm 61:3)
God is our rock, strength, refuge and shield (Psalm 18:2, Psalm 37:39, Psalm 144:2)
God is our shield (Psalm 3:3, Psalm 7:10, Psalm 33:20)
In addition to the abovementioned scriptures, take time to meditate on Psalm 91 each day.
PRACTICE EVERYDAY PREVENTATIVE BEHAVIOURS
Remember that faith without works is dead. Our hope, confidence and trust are in the Lord Jesus Christ, yet we also have a responsibility to act wisely and practically.
To avoid infection, we should – in addition to fervent prayer that availeth much – do all we can to strengthen our immune systems, because that is our body’s main defense against infection and illness. A strong and healthy immune system will go a long way to fight this virus.
Below are a few additional preventative tips we should observe if we want to remain healthy.
• Wash your hands with soap thoroughly and frequently.
• Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Sleep well. Inadequate or poor quality sleep can increase your chances of catching a virus by up to five times. Make sure you give yourself the opportunity to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night.
• Exercise – but not to excess.
• Eat well. Ditch the junk food and rather focus on eating a variety of whole foods, ensuring that you include plant foods that are colourful, and rich in antioxidants and micronutrients.
• Use supplements such as vitamins C, D and Zinc. Probiotics are also very important to add to your daily intake of vitamins.
May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you.
Yours in Christ,
REV KENNETH MESHOE MP