Ukhrul public urged to fast for Covid-19 battle
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 23rd May: As mass return of migrant workers from cities triggers fear of Covid-19 infection among the local populace, churches of different denominations and local authorities in Ukhrul town and villages across the district have urged all the public members to fast and pray at their homes on May 24 to seek the Almighty's blessings for protection from Coronavirus pandemic.
The call for district-wide fasting worship is being initiated under the aegis of the Tangkhul Coordination Forum for Covid-19, which was constituted by the district's MLAs Khashim Vashum, Alfred Kanngam Arthur and Leishiyo Keishing and Ukhrul Autonomous District Council (UADC), medical department, church leaders, NGOs, civil societies and district administration to contain the contagion.
Churches across the district have been holding all sorts of worship services online ever since a curb was imposed on mass gatherings or congregational meeting in March. The announcement was made on public address system by churches and local authorities in different parts of the district on Saturday evening, requesting all public members to participate in the district wide worship programme by fasting and praying at their respective homes on Sunday, which is a day of worship for Christians.
As per the announcement, the proposed fast is to primarily seek divine intervention in the ongoing fight against the deadly disease, along with acknowledging gratitude to the Almighty for the protection thus far.
The worship programme also seeks to pray for those infected with the virus and their families and also for the government and all the frontline workers like medical staff, police forces and others who are rendering a selfless service for containment of the disease.
Accordingly, the churches and local authorities, cutting across different denominations, requested all the believers in the district, to devote the day to the common cause of the community which joins with the rest of the world in fighting the global pandemic.