The Cayman Ministers’ Association is calling for the Christian community in the Cayman Islands to pray and fast in response to the crisis created by the coronavirus.
The Cayman Ministers’ Association is calling for the Christian community in the Cayman Islands to pray and fast in response to the crisis created by the coronavirus.

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The Cayman Ministers’ Association is calling for the Christian community in the Cayman Islands to pray and fast in response to the crisis created by the coronavirus.

The association, in a press release, also encouraged the population of the three Cayman Islands to support the efforts of the government by recognising that people’s health and well-being depend on individual actions as much as those of medical professionals.

“We strongly encourage all our people to follow both the laws and the recommended guidelines issued by our Premier and Government,” said Reverend Torrance Bobb, chairman of the Ministers’ Association, in the release. “We must be both practical and spiritual as a holistic response to this health crisis. Therefore, we encourage churches to abide by the prohibition of gatherings of fifty or less persons,” he added.

Bobb said that all churches must use discretion based on the actual size of their worship spaces, since 50 people in some sanctuaries may force people to sit extremely closely to one another, while in other churches, even 100 people may seem like just a handful.

“We strenuously object to the idea that abiding by the law with regard to the limitations on the size of the gatherings and social distancing displays a lack of faith,” Bobb said, adding,

“Jesus encouraged us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. The Apostle Paul also reminds Christians in the book of Romans to obey those in authority.”

He urged people to “look to God in this time of crisis”.

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