Shincheonji Church of Jesus hosted a global online prayer meeting in the fight against COVID on the 15th, with 352 religious leaders and 73 countries joining.
Online PR News – 23-November-2020 – Sydney, Australia – Amidst this current pandemic, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (hereinafter referred to as Shincheonji Church), a Korean-based religious organization, hosted an online prayer meeting titled, “Third Global Prayer Service of Religious People” on November 15th.
Broadcast live on the official YouTube channel of Shincheonji Church, the prayer meeting was organised to pray not only for the patients and their families who are suffering from this pandemic, but also for the government, medical staff, and volunteers fighting to overcome COVID-19. Alongside 200,000 domestic and international members of Shincheonji Church, about 56,000 people around the world joined the prayer meeting, sharing the same sentiment of wishing to defeat COVID-19.
Moreover, religious leaders worldwide expressed their aspirations for the end of COVID-19 in the online prayer meeting. Their words conveyed the gravity of the situation, as well as sincerity for the many who have been bereaved through this pandemic. Many religious leaders have continued to work with Chairman Man Hee Lee, who is the chair of Shincheonji Church and a representative of an international peace NGO called HWPL.
Chairman Lee, as a war veteran, has advocated and practiced peace activities based on his love for humanity toward many victims of war, as well as the words of Jesus, to have “glory in heaven and peace on earth,” as a believer. He put forward the idea of a global online prayer meeting, stating, “As the world is suffering from COVID-19, religious people around the world need to pray together to end this disaster."
“Too many people are suffering from COVID-19. In particular, many were infected within our church last February. Both the church members and citizens suffered a lot. We must actively step forward and pray to God for the extinction of COVID-19 in the globe and for the nation and the people,” he emphasised.
352 religious leaders from Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, and Hinduism, representing 73 countries, participated in the prayer meeting with the same hope and desire, transcending religions and denominations, sharing the same need to overcome this current crisis.
Dr. Anak Agung Diatmika, Secretary for International Relationship of PHDI Jakarta, said, “Genuinely from the bottom of our heart we consider that WE ARE ONE. We should continue our prayers until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue our synergy among religious leaders worldwide to keep world peace, harmony, justice, and prosperity. I am so happy I can join this event that truly brings world peace and harmony.”
Following this prayer meeting, around 4,000 Shincheonji Church members began a blood plasma donation drive to aid the development of convalescent plasma treatments. It was the third large-scale plasma donation organised by Shincheonji Church, which has already conducted two large-scale plasma donation drives involving 1,700 church members in July and September. Among this number, 312 people donated their plasma twice.
Regarding the large-scale blood plasma donation, Rt. Hon. Hrant Bagratyan, Former Prime Minister of Armenia, sent his congratulatory message, “The actions of those who decided to donate plasma at the request of the government deserve praise. If a treatment is developed through plasma donation, it would be helpful worldwide."
A Shincheonji Church official additionally affirms, “We have been conducting online services since February 18th, praying at each worship service for the end of COVID-19, the safety of the quarantine authorities and medical staff, and the recovery of the patients. We will do everything we can with a responsible attitude until the end of the COVID-19 crisis.”