Wat is het coronavirus? Feiten, veelgestelde vragen en hoe u kunt helpen

new coronavirus disease is spreading rapidly around the world, officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. More than 266,000 people have been infected and the death toll is over 11,150 people. The numbers are increasing daily, and the disease has impacted at least 145 countries.

As Christians, we turn to God in times of fear and uncertainty as we do in times of joy and celebration. Please join us as we pray for God’s heart of love, mercy, and truth to dwell in us and show us how to face the challenges posed by the new coronavirus.

Pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

—Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Pray for people at higher risk of developing the disease.

Dear Lord, we lift to You our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID-19 — the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty and, for many, preventive isolation from loved ones.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

—1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

Pray for medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible for fighting the new coronavirus.

God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job.

Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

—Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

Pray for leaders responsible for making decisions about the new coronavirus.

Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other and with the public — and that their messages are received and heeded. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers …

—2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)

Pray for families adjusting to new ways of life.

Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience the beauty of all You have created and continue learning.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

—Psalm 57:1 (NIV)

Pray for business owners and families facing financial stress.

Jesus, we thank You for Your faithfulness in how you have guided and equipped people in their jobs and have provided in the past. It can be scary and overwhelming not knowing how bills and obligations will be met or to not be able to provide for families. As people feel financial strain during the uncertainty, bring them comfort and peace, reminding them that You are there for them. Provide for them in their times of need.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

—John 14:27 (NIV)

Pray for grocery store workers and delivery drivers.

Lord, we are so grateful for all the people who continue to work each day so that people are able to eat. We ask that You bless and protect them as they serve. Give them grace to handle disgruntled customers during supplies shortages. Keep their bodies healthy as they unload and stock boxes of supplies. Keep their cars and trucks running smoothly as they deliver needed supplies and food people have ordered online. And please protect them all from contracting the new coronavirus.

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

—Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Pray for the disease to stop spreading.

Almighty God, we know that everything is in Your sovereign control. We ask that You keep this new coronavirus from continuing to spread. Give government officials the ability to safely handle people arriving from other countries. Help people decide to stay home instead of traveling or going out needlessly. Holy Spirit, remind people to wash their hands properly. And while it may be heartbreaking, comfort families as they decide to keep their distance from elderly or other high-risk family members.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea …

—Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)

How can I help people affected by the new coronavirus?

  • Learn more: Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), and the new coronavirus disease that first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, called COVID-19. Learn more about the coronovirus-caused disease pandemic and how World Vision is responding worldwide.
  • Give: Your donation to World Vision will provide supplies to help prevent the spread of the virus to children and families in the U.S. and abroad.

Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie of World Vision’s office in the U.S. contributed to this piece.

In de keuken: Midden-Oosters kaasgebakrecept

Imagine waking up one morning to discover that all the color in the world had disappeared. Everything would be black, white, and shades of gray. What colors would you miss the most? We are going to celebrate the vibrant colors within God’s creation by having a colorful game of water balloon dodgeball! What you’ll need:

  • 2 large buckets or bowls
  • Small water balloons
  • Cold water
  • Cornstarch
  • Neon food coloring
  • Spray bottle(s)
  • A rope or ribbon to make a long line in the grass
  • Colorful fruits, vegetables, and juices for snacks

Play the game with your family

Play outside and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. You can prepare the colorful water balloons ahead of time or make this a part of the activity with your kids. Here’s how to make them:

  1. Combine 2 cups cold water, ¾ cup corn starch, and 10 drops of one color of food coloring in a saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stir constantly, and stop as soon as the liquid begins to thicken (you don’t want it to get too thick!).
  3. Add the liquid to a spray bottle. Attach a balloon to the nozzle of the bottle, and squirt the liquid into the balloons until full.
  4. Repeat with other colors until you have the desired amount of water balloons.

Outside, place a rope or ribbon across the yard to divide it into two sides. Divide into two teams, and give each team the same number of water balloons. Count to three and yell, “GO!” All the team members race to the line and throw balloons at their opponents.

Play for fun, or play to win: If someone gets doused with color, they’re out. If the balloon hits them and does not break, the thrower is out. The team that survives the longest wins.

Play it forward: What did you learn?

After the family game, gather for snacks and refreshments, and take some time to talk about the game.

Color is such a beautiful blessing. How do you think your day-to-day life would be different if you woke up one day to a world without color? How would you rely on your other senses to make up for the lack of color?

In the beginning, God had a blank canvas before him. He could have created a colorless world — or even a world with only a couple of colors in it. But he didn’t! His love of color is written on the petals of flowers, the blue of the sky, and the skin of all people across the world. Why do you think he did this? If colors are from God, and God is good, is there such a thing as a bad color?

What’s next? Find a color run near you, raise funds, and donate them to your favorite charity. You can also bless your loved ones with the gift of color by painting them a picture, giving them a hand-picked bouquet of flowers, or cooking for them a beautiful, colorful meal, utilizing colorful produce and spices available at the local market.

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3. Family activity: Food find

The world produces enough food for everyone to have enough. Yet, 1 in 8 people in the world does not have enough to eat. Why?

Some people can’t grow enough food. Many poor farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their own families. Sometimes it’s because they don’t have the money to buy good seeds. Sometimes it’s the weather — not enough rain or too much rain can ruin gardens and crops they’ve planted. Sometimes it’s because disease harms the crops they are trying to grow. Sometimes it’s because they may grow enough food for part of the year but lack safe storage to save food for the cold or dry seasons when they can’t grow food.

People who don’t grow their own food often go hungry because they lack the money to buy food. And nutritious food is more expensive than unhealthy, processed food.

Learn why it is hard for some kids to get enough food to eat. You’ll need three to five food items you will hide for each child playing to find, i.e. banana, apple, orange, an ear of corn, carrot, a bag of rice, bread in a sandwich bag, etc.

Play the game with your family

(Hide all the food items before you start the family activity.)

Tell your kids the number of food items you’ve hidden, and give them a time limit to find them based on their age and how well you’ve hidden the items! After they find them all, come back together.

Play it forward: What did you learn?

Sit down for a discussion with your kids: How did you feel when you found the hidden food? Was it easy or hard? Think about the last time you were hungry. What happens to you when you’re hungry? Do you ever get “hangry?”

Then learn more about how World Vision is fighting hunger around the world, and consider donating to help.

You can also learn more about how local organizations are helping hungry people in your community. Find out what your local food bank needs, and add those items to your grocery list this weekend. Or provide a donation for a family food kit that will feed a family in the U.S.

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Erfenis van liefde uit Wisconsin assistentiewoningen

When a major disaster like the new coronavirus outbreak hits, it can take over the news. Disturbing images and graphic news coverage can be troubling for empathetic adults. But it can be scary or deeply distressing for young children.

Experts agree that parents should shield children from watching disturbing live news coverage. But how do you talk with them about something difficult they’ve seen or heard in the news? How do you prepare them for what they might hear at school or while talking with their friends? And how do you talk to them about events that directly impact their everyday lives?

The World Vision media and communications team has a lot of experience researching and covering disasters and their effects on children. The team also includes parents and people who care about children. After all, that’s why we do the work we do.

Here are our team’s best tips for talking to your kids about natural disasters and emergencies in the news:

Tip #1: Find out what they know

Begin by asking an open-ended question like: “Tell me what you know about ….” Then, follow up with something like: “How do you feel about … ?” or “Why do you think that happened?” You may find out that your child knows more than you think or that they heard or imagined something inaccurately.

Tip 2: Explain the situation at an age-appropriate level

Use words and examples they’ll understand to explain what happened, but keep it simple and don’t over-share. You don’t have to have all the answers. If you’re not sure why something happened, it’s okay to say you don’t know. But if you’re worried about the situation, discuss your own fears and thoughts with another grown up, not with a child. You could also teach your child Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (NIV)

Tip #3: Help your child feel safe

Reassure, give extra hugs, and show your children how you’re helping to keep them safe. For example, if there was a massive earthquake somewhere, and there could be an earthquake where you live, show your children your emergency supplies and evacuation plan. Or if there was a tornado, and there aren’t tornadoes in your area, get out a map to show them how far away it was.

In the case of the new coronavirus outbreak, point out and share the ways that your family is staying safe and keeping others safe, such as staying home from school, washing your hands, cleaning more frequently, and not playing with other friends.

This is also a great time to pray together, give fears to God, and ask for comfort and protection.

Tip #4: Draw it out

Offer crayons and paper. Some children might not want to talk about something scary they’re thinking about, but it might be easier for them to draw about it. Children’s counselors frequently use this technique, which we also find helpful at the Child-Friendly Spaces we set up after disasters.

Tip #5: Give them a way to help

Mister Rogers talked on his show about how his mother told him to “Look for the helpers. You can always find people helping.” Children may be reassured to see emergency aid workers and good Samaritans helping those in need.

You can model generosity and be a good Samaritan too. Invite your children to do something to help those affected by the disaster. It could be as simple as saying a prayer together, asking God to comfort disaster survivors. Or your children could donate some allowance money, fundraise, or gather supplies.

Resources:

Want to read more on the subject? Here are two of our favorite sources for parents: the experts at PBS have a helpful age-by-age guide, and of course, Mister Rogers, the late Presbyterian minister who was so gifted at helping children feel safe.

Joey’s verhaal: Een handicap trotseren om andere kinderen hoop te geven

World Vision’s award-winning photographers travel the world to bring home stories of children and their families to inspire us to action and compassion. They capture those intimate moments that illuminate God’s grace and faithfulness as we follow Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed.

Discover what’s it like behind the scenes during some of these moments, published triannually in this year’s issues of World Vision magazine.

In Ecuador, 11-year-old Andy plays with an alpaca.
Andy, 11, plays with an alpaca during a moment of hilarity. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

Written and photographed by Chris Huber

Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera

50mm lens, 1/500th at f/7.1, ISO 200

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I had just visited families all over Ecuador to get stories. My task now? Capture pictures of kids with alpacas from the World Vision Gift Catalog. I was tired but ready to cap off the trip with two days of fun in the Andean highlands with these cuddly, fluffy animals.

After hours of driving to 12,500 feet above sea level, the lack of oxygen was getting to me. My local coworkers packed an oxygen tank, just in case, and I was hoping I wouldn’t need it.

Now I had to coax baby alpacas to a particular spot, think up funny things to say to make kids laugh — in my second language — kindly fend off young children peeking over my shoulder at my camera screen, and dispatch community elders to wrangle jumpy and wayward alpacas like this one.

Finally, all the elements came together with 11-year-old Andy hooting with joy as he fell over and this baby alpaca with its intense expression. And I didn’t need the oxygen tank, so I’d say it was a successful day.

In de keuken: Papadum-recept

Gangs are known for the murders and violence that spread hopelessness and poverty and make El Salvador one of the world’s deadliest nations. But surprisingly, they have respect for the church. Gang members will often tell each other, “God is strong. Don’t get on his bad side.”

As we reflect on Easter and Jesus’ death and resurrection, I think of the criminals who hung beside Jesus on the cross. One of the criminals said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). And despite his crime, Jesus welcomed him into paradise.

Before he was crucified, one of Jesus’ final prayers was for unity among his followers. Jesus said, “I pray … that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20-21).

In El Salvador, the church is united for the well-being of children.

The church is following Christ in welcoming former gang members and criminals and making a direct, life-giving impact in the lives of men, women, and children. For the first time, Protestants and Roman Catholics are coming together to help heal and protect their communities.

World Vision is at the heart of this work through the church. We are mobilizing churches to act and help their communities. World Vision developed resources for pastors, priests, Sunday school teachers, and youth leaders. These are used with their skills and support to lead clubs, classes, and small groups for parents and caregivers as well as for children and teens.

Through our Creciendo con Jesús (Growing with Jesus) program, we are training thousands of pastors and priests to help them become our indispensable partners in protecting children.

As part of this program, church leaders learn what Scripture has to say about parenting, marriage, family, and discipleship. Our motivation is to help parents raise their children with kindness instead of perpetuating the cycle of domestic and societal violence. They also learn how to train their congregations to put these values into action.

The vision of a peaceful El Salvador — held by staff as well as of Salvadoran pastors and priests — is dramatically expanding. “The government cannot solve the problem alone. Nor can the police or schools. It is the church, which is in every community in El Salvador, that can change our country,” says Edwin Alberto Mira, World Vision’s Christian discipleship coordinator in El Salvador. “Our goal is to catalyze the church to change this country.”

The impact of these efforts? Churches and leaders are equipped to help further reduce violence faced by families. Churches are coming together to learn, pray, and to make a life-saving difference in communities. Parents are improving their marriages and parenting skills. Children are learning how to protect themselves. Youth are learning options to avoid gangs and violence. Young lives are being saved. Hope is being restored. God is honored.

And what does this mean for us in the U.S.? We who follow Jesus must commit anew to work together with other believers so our communities will see him as they see the love between his people.