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Welcome to New Hope Prayers for the People, our collective prayer podcast to lift each other up through the COVID-19 crisis. We recorded this prayer gathering on April 8, 2020. Thankful that several of our doctors, Esther, Lisa, and Ali, sent prayer requests, and that Drs Esther and Joan joined us for the call, along with other friends from our New Hope community.
We invite you to join us in prayer as you listen.
Here are the prayer requests our doctors sent:
From Dr. Esther Li-Bland (4/8): 1) I just started an administrative position with Asian Health Services – I’m the director for our largest clinic (over 100 staff) and have to make decisions all the time about how to protect our staff and patients from Covid as well as worrying about the finances of the agency. It’s very stressful. Dave has to watch the kids full time as well as “work from home” full time so I feel bad that I’m leaving all the childcare to him.
2) My colleagues and staff are anxious, stressed and worried about getting sick. Fortunately we have only had 1 case so far. We are changing protocols all the time and people can’t keep up, mistakes are made frequently.
3) Peace, alleviation of anxiety and morale to be boosted. We also need wisdom for all healthcare leaders to know how to make decisions, and for the finances of AHS and all community health Centers like it (we are all facing financial crisis).
4) Prayer requests – for protection for me, my family and all the staff and their families. I am helping to set up a respiratory unit where all the possible Covid cases will be assessed and tested. Also for wisdom as I try to lead my team well, and endurance – I’m tired and feeling burnt out, not sure how long I can keep this up for. Finally for Dave and the kids – it’s hard being with the kids 24/7 and Dave is wonderful with the kids but everyone has limits.
From Dr. Lisa Yee (4/6): I attach a COVID prayer that was published in Christianity Today which I think is spot-on, and the last part (#20) specifically is for Health care workers, and I really resonate with those prayers.My personal requests:- for our clinic, Asian Health Services: for the leaders (including Esther who has been working REALLY hard in her new manager role!), and our boss George (also a believer), to make wise decisions and plan/execute well; and for alleviation of staff anxiety (at all levels), and ability to serve our pts well and stay safe themselves.- for myself to have time/space alone, (harder with everyone home), to listen to the Spirit and pray, and dwell on God’s Word, rather than just being un-mindfully busy all the time.
From Dr. Ali Lowe (4/7): “It would be great if you could pray for me, my colleagues, and our patients. I’m not treating covid19 patients specifically, but continue to serve patients with cancer (many of whom are undergoing chemotherapy and are at high risk for infection) and they need your prayers just as much as any other patient may.”
From Christianity Today Coronavirus Prayer, excerpted, via Lisa Yee
“Prayer is how we actively practice believing, so simply, so confidently, that God has the whole world in his hands. It’s where we “let petitions and praises shape our worries into prayers, letting God know our concerns” (Phil. 4:6–7, The Message). Prayer is never the last resort of God’s people. It is our first point of action…
“For frontline health care workers, we thank you for their vocational call to serve us. We also pray:
God, keep them safe and healthy. Keep their families safe and healthy.
God, help them to be knowledgeable about the diagnosis and treatment of this disease, as well as the changing protocols.
God, help them to stay clear-minded in the midst of the surrounding panic.
God, deliver them from anxiety for their own loved ones (aging parents, children, spouses, roommates).
God, give them compassion for every patient in their care.
God, provide for them financially, especially if they fall ill and are unable to work.
God, help Christians in health care to exhibit extraordinary peace, so that that many would ask about the reason for their hope. Give them opportunities to proclaim the gospel.
God, we trust that you are good and do good. Teach us to be your faithful people in this time of global crisis. Help us to follow in the footsteps of our faithful shepherd, Jesus, who laid down his life for the sake of love. Glorify his name as you equip us with everything needed for doing your will. Amen.”