God is faithful and can be trusted, no matter what happens.
Please pray for the situation – especially for God’s Wisdom and direction for the leaders of our nation and around the world.
1. Keep your focus on God: We each have a key role to play in encouraging, informing and looking after those around us.
2. Be wise. We each must take steps to protect ourselves and those around us. It is the simple things like properly washing our hands, and practicing social distancing that will make a huge difference.
3. Stay up to date. The latest news from the Government of Timor-Leste is available here
John 14:27 (Jesus speaking) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid“
Fundasaun Oswalso Cruz (Fiocruz) foo sai katak sira nia estudu ida hetan Coronavirus iha bee valeta nian (esgoto), iha sidadi Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. Maibee, sientista sira dehan katak sira seidauk hatene se bee esgoto nian bele ka lae hadaet coronavirus. Posibilidade ladun boot, tanba virus la bele moris tempu naruk iha valeta laran.
Sientista sira hatene ona katak coronavirus bele mai iha ema moras nia fezes (bee boot), maibee seidauk hatene ho klaru too iha nebee mak virus bele hadaet iha ambiente hanesan nee.
Ho informasaun hosi noticias.uol.com.br
Investigador sira estuda kazu ida nebee akontese iha sidadi Guangzhou, iha restauranti ida, iha nebee ema ida nebee infetadu ona ho coronavírus maibee asintomátiku (katak la hatudu sintoma), hadaet vírus ba ema nain 9 tan.
Hosi ema nain 90 nebee iha restautante laran, sira nebee hetan infetadu mak sira nebee tuur iha diresaun AC nia anin. Tuir dezenhu iha leten, nebee investigador sira rasik halo, ita haree katak ema nebee infetadu (A1) tuur mais ou menos iha klaran, iha meza A, no sira nebee hetan infetadu iha nebaa mak sira nebee tuur iha mesa B no C. Maski sira balun tuur dook liu metru ida ka rua, sira hetan infetadu. Maibe meza tolu hotu nee iha diresaun AC nia anin. Tuir investigador sira, bainhira ema nebee iha vírus ona, nia koalia, nia hasai husi ibun gotíkulas bee nian nebee lori vírus. Bainhira gotíkulas nee boot uituan, sira todan no monu ba rai la kleur no la dook liu metru ida hosi ema moras. Maibee, bainhira gotíkulas bee nian nee kiik, sira hela tempu barak iha ar. No anin AC nian bele ajuda gotíkulas sira semu dook baa-mai, hodi espalha vírus ba ema sira nebee tuur iha diresaun AC nia anin.
Iha restauranti nee, sira nain 81 nebee la hetan infetadu, mak sira nebee tuur dook liu no sees hosi AC nia anin.
Nee duni, restauranti nain sira no kantor sira tenki hanoin didiak oinsá mak sira sei instala AC ka sistema ventilasaun nian iha sira nia fatin.
Estudu nee sei publika iha periódico Emerging Infectious Diseases, nebee hola parte ba Center for Disease Control of the EUA).
Ho informasaun hosi Observador.pt
Peskiza ida nebee publika iha revista Annals of Medicine, nebee halo hosi peskizador sira hosi Instituto Nacional de Doenças Infecciosas Spallanzani, iha Roma, revela katak coronavirus foun bele mos hadaet liu hosi matan been. Nee siginifika katak virus la tama deit liu hosi matan, maibee bele sai mos hosi matan. Tanba ema sira nebee infektadu ona sempri tanis, nia matan been sira sai mai nakonu ho virus no bele infekta ema seluk, liu-liu profisional saude sira nebee tau matan ba sira. Tenki iha kuidadu liu tan.
Ho informasaun hosi www.oantagonista.com
Maski profisional saude sira uza ekipamentu protesaun oin-oin, sira hasoru risku liu, no banhira sira sai infektadu, dala darak sira dezenvolve sintoma grave. Tanba saa ida nee akontese?
Tuir especialista sira, razaun ba ida nee mak tanba profisional saude sira expoe sira nia aan ba kuantidade boot virus nian. Bainhira virus aumenta barak liu iha ema nia isin, moras mos sai grave liu, no iha kapasidade boot liu tan hodi hadaet ba ema seluk. Esplikasaun ida nee mai hosi profesora Wendy Barclay, hosi Departamento de Doenças Infecciosas do Imperial College de Londres. Tanba profisional saude sira sempre kontatu ho ema nebee moras grave ona, entaun sira hasoru risku boot liu. Tuir OMS (WHO) nia estudu, ema ida bele hadaet moras Covid-19 ba ema nain 3 tan, maibee iha sidadi Wuhan, iha China, pasienti ida iha hospital hadaet coronavirus foun ba profisional saude nain 14 tan, molok nia senti isin manas. Tuir profesora Barclay, maski ema ida bele iha isin diak, ninia sistema imunológiko sei susaar tebes atu luta hasoru vírus bainhira vírus sai barak liu ona iha ninia isin.
Iha Itália, too iha inísiu fulan abril, profisional saude nain 6,200 sai infektadu, hosi total ema nain rihun 100 resin nebee hetan positivu ba Covid-19. Iha Espanha, hosi total ema sira nebee hetan moras Covid-19, 12% mak profisional saude sira, tuir levantamentu too iha inisiu fulan Abril. Iha Reinu Unidu, tuir autoridade lokal ida, iha hospital iha área balun nebee ekipa profisional saude liu 50% hetan infektadu. Se la iha kuidadu didiak, ita nia mediku no enfermeiru sira bele hasoru susar boot. No ita tenki kontrole didiak atu hospital sira labele sai fatin nebee sei espalha moras Covid-19 ba nasaun.
Ho informasaun hosi BBC News Brasil
Buat nebee ita hotu tenki halo tuir iha tempu agora hanesan: hela iha uma, keta halibur malu ema barak, tenki dook malu metru ka rua – nebee too agora ita hotu hanaran “distansia sosial”, Organizasaun Mundial da Saúde (OMS) husu ita labele bolu tan “distansia sosial”, maibee “distansia fizika”.
Tanba saa? Tanba liafuan “distansia sosial” indika katak ita tenki lakon koneksaun ho ema nebee ita hadomi. Loloos, maski ita bele dook malu, ita labele lakon koneksaun ho ema nebee importanti ba ita, tanba nee bele afeta fali ita nia saude mental, hanesan akontese dadaun ho ema barak ona.
OMS hatoo ida nee ida iha konferensia imprensa iha loron 20 Marsu. Doutora Maria Van Kerkhove, nebee servisu ba OMS, dehan katak “maski importanti ita mantém nafatin distansia fízika, ita mos tenki mantem nafatin koneksaun sosial”. Nia dehan tan: “la bandu atu ita hamnasa, la bandu atu ita koalia ho ita nia familia no buka dalan atu konekta ba malu”
Espesialista sira hatete katak kontatu sosial importanti tebes ba saude mental. Bainhira ita la iha ligasaun ba malu, bele aumenta ansiedade, senti mesak, tauk no laran moruk, nebee bele lori sosiedade ba problema seluk fali: moras mental.
Nee duni, mantém nafatin distansia fizika, maibee buka dalan hodi konekta ba malu.
Ho informsaun hosi CNN.COM
The current global pandemic has greatly affected the way churches are gathering all over the world. In Timor Leste the situation is no different with many churches turning to social media to connect with their members.
But in our country, where our people have no or very limited access to internet, even social media has its limitations.
Because our supporters have stood with Radio Voz over the years, right now we are seeing the station becoming an even more helpful tool to serve the churches in Timor Leste.
So far four churches have asked Radio Voz help to gather their congregation on air to celebrate their Sunday services. Some churches have been able to combine both social media and radio for an even wider reach. It is for us a privilege to be able to provide this support to the people of God in Timor Leste. And we couldn’t do it without your prayerful support.
In addition, at 6:00am each day Radio Voz has the privilege of leading our nation in prayer with pastors’ praying on air for the nation and for our authorities in charge in this difficult time.
We are seeing the Lord working wonderfully even in the midst of this global crises and we invite you to join us in prayer or for the Sunday service. If you’d like prayer please let us know.
Different countries have handled the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. Some because of a slow response, have suffered terribly. Others have gone for early and complete lockdowns. And yet others have gone for something of a middle ground, with progressive shutdowns. And no matter which approach they’ve adopted, there’s always someone to criticise and complain.
The easiest thing in the world is to be an armchair critic. I’ve seen post on Facebook calling my Prime Minister all sorts of names. That’s sad, that’s really sad because in these times of national and international emergency, I’m pretty sure that there’s not a single leader or government who aren’t trying to do their very best for their people.
These are unchartered waters so we can be pretty certain that our leaders won’t get it all right, all the time. But come on, they are doing their very best.
I wonder whether there isn’t something better, something positive that we can do for our leaders. Writes the Apostle Paul to his young protégé:
1 Timothy 2:2,3 You should pray for rulers and for all who have authority. Pray for these leaders so that we can live quiet and peaceful lives—lives full of devotion to God and respect for him. This is good and pleases God our Saviour.
Prayer rather than criticism and complaining. Not only does your prayer have powerful results, not only is it good … but it’s pleasing to God. How about it?
With social distancing and isolation, people seem to have a lot more time on their hands to think. But not all of that thinking is all that helpful.
Yes, these are worrying times. There’s a risk of catching the COVID-19 virus. There’s an increased risk of dying. There’s the risk of losing your job or your business. Now sure, we can self-isolate and governments are trying to help. But still, many people spend a lot of time worrying.
And here’s how it goes … we imagine all the things that could possibly go wrong and then we let them weigh us down as though they’re all going to happen at once. It’s pretty depressing stuff.
But it takes exactly the same amount of time and energy to worry, as it does to look ahead with a sense of trust and hope. Paul the Apostle, sitting on a dungeon floor in chains, on death row put it this way:
Philippians 4:8,9 Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
When those dark thoughts come knocking just refuse delivery and think about the good things that God has done for you.
Bottom line? Mind your thoughts because your mind matters.
It seems that in times of crisis, we see both the best and the worst of humanity. So, what are you showing the world? Your best, or your worst?
Different parts of the world have suffered vastly different infection and death rates from the COVID-19 virus. Italy, Spain, parts of the US like New York City … in places like that, it’s really serious with tens of thousands of deaths. But even in a country like India where to date the infection rates are very low, there’s huge upheaval and misery going on.
And under those circumstances, you do indeed see the best and the worst of humanity. My wife was at the supermarket the other day buying a single packet of toilet paper when a woman physically pushed her away and grabbed it out of her hands. Really?
Look, in times like these our survival instinct does cut in and by all means we should be doing what our governments tell us in terms of social distancing and isolation. Absolutely!
But for anyone who believes in Jesus, now is the time to shine His light. Now is the time to serve, to help that elderly neighbour, to keep in touch with family members, to sacrifice for others. Jesus put it like this:
Mark 10:43,44 Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
When we give others our best, the light of Christ shines into dark places.
This whole social distancing thing takes some getting used to doesn’t it? Whether you live somewhere where you’re in lockdown, or you just have to maintain a safe distance, it really is quite jarring to be so separated from other people. But I wonder whether God isn’t, in the middle of all of this, handing you and me an opportunity.
We all like hanging around with people who encourage us. I have a friend called Keith. Now Keith is often late for meetings, in fact sometimes he forgets completely. And when he does show up a cup of coffee seems to take twice as long with him as with anyone else. But let me tell you, I always walk away from time with him feeling so encouraged. He just has this way about him of lifting you up with kind words.
In these strange days in which we find ourselves, many feeling isolated, many feeling worried or depressed, God is handing you and me the opportunity of being a great encourager.
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up.
I wonder, who could you be encouraging today? Let’s face it, we have so much technology at our fingertips that in these days of social distancing, we’re more than capable of picking up the phone and sharing an encouraging word with someone.
Encouragement. It’s a simple act of love that won’t soon be forgotten. How about it?
From our Government:
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