Letter to the Church in China

06 February 2020

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson

President of the Methodist Conference 2019-20 

6 February 2020

Dear Wu Wei, Xu Xiaohong, Kan Baoping and all our brothers and sisters at CCC/TSPM,

I am writing on behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain to share our love and prayers for the people of China as you manage the health crisis associated with the Coronavirus outbreak in Hubei province. We are aware that many people are suffering and anxious and we are very concerned to hear of the rising number of deaths associated with the outbreak. We are particularly mindful of those families who have lost loved ones in recent days.

We thank God for all those who are heading medical research into the disease.  At such times we realise that we are dependent on expertise, advice and cooperation from people across the world. We trust that the ongoing work of the Chinese health services, the World Health Organisation and other medical experts will soon limit the disease and succeed in finding the causes and cure.

We are glad that the Church in China is strong both in numbers and faith. We know that you will be working alongside communities to help people be calm and to support those in need. Although we are many miles away geographically, we feel close to you in prayer. Please be assured of our concern for you all. and our shared faith in the love of Jesus who shows us his strength in our human vulnerability.

We are also mindful of the concerns of the Chinese diaspora community across the world, particularly in the UK, and will be offering our support for them as best we can.

Yours sincerely,

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson                                  

President of The Methodist Conference 2019-20                         

This reply was received from Ken Baoping

Thank you for your kind message. Thank you for your prayer that will give us strength and support our spirit in combating against the virus. It is a critical time in China. The entire nation and all the people are standing together to fight the war. Please pray for us continuously.

Our churches in China are actively doing all we can to support the need in the epidemic regions. We believe that God is with us and we will win the war soon.

Thank you again for your care and concern, and the solidarity you expressed with Chinese people.

Wish you all the best.

Sincerely Yours,



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