New Coronavirus: IASD-CV takes a message of condolences to the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China
A delegation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cape Verde (IASD-CV), led by Pastor of the Youth Ministry, Edson Monteiro, took on Thursday, March 23, a message of condolences and solidarity to the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China living in our country Du Xiaocong, due to the difficult time that China is going through due to the Coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemics.
The visit was programmed within the context of World Adventist Youth Week (WAYW), which this year had its culmination point on March 21, under the general motto "I Care" and focused on caring for the homeless, orphans, widows and foreigners, especially those most vulnerable.
Thus, true to the spirit of the WATW, the delegation, which included a representative of the Liga Adventista de Solidariedade Social - LASS, Nilda Fernandes, the Director and Deputy Director of the Youth Ministry of the IASD - Palmarejo, Lindzai Ribeiro and Carlos Fonseca respectively, wanted to present to the Chinese people the Cape Verdean Adventists' concern and solidarity, emphasising that the pain of the Chinese people is also our pain.
Pr. Edson Monteiro presented made a brief summary of the history of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Cabo Verde, emphasizing that our congregation has been following, since the first hour, the evolution of the current pandemics, first in China and then in the rest of the world.
Pr. Monteiro also stressed the fact that all Adventist Churches in the country are united in prayer, on behalf of the Chinese people and all countries with confirmed cases and also for the erradication of COVID-19 which, on that date, March 23th, had already taken more than four thousand and infected more than 90,000 people worldwide.
The delegation also addressed the good relationship of brotherhood that exists between the Adventist Churches and the Chinese residents in Cabe Verde, and leaving words of comfort and hope to those who call them “brothers in Christ Jesus”.
"Mr. Ambassador was very kind and welcomed into a warm and amiable conversation. So we were able to extend our symbolic gesture to the whole Chinese people, and we could easily concur in that the Chinese people's pain is also our pain" , stressed Pr. Monteiro.
For his part, Ambassador Du Xiaocong welcomed the kind gesture of the IASD-CV, thanking Pr. Monteiro for his intercessory prayer on behalf of China and other affected countries.
Ambassador DU Xiaocong assured that once the pandemics is left behind, and the stability returns to his country, he would take the Adventist community's gesture to his people and Governmentand also promised to work in order to create the right conditions to foster the development of cooperation and friendship bonds between China and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cabo Verde. He also praised the Adventist people's concern for the world, especially for those who are in greater danger in the present crisis.
Du Xiaicong encouraged the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cape Verde to continue this solidarity action, which he called traditional friendship.
"Starting today, I will consider the Adventist people as one of my friends, and I will not forget this kind gesture shown to us, in such a difficult time," he said.
The Adventist Church has been insisting that caring for the suffering neighbor is the most potent and the only effective remedy to curb suffering in this world, to save lives, and to ensure a just and harmonious society, thus fulfilling the one of the two most important teachings of Master Jesus Christ.
The meeting was also characterized by moments of fraternization, a visit to the Embassy facilities guided by the Ambassador himself and the presentation of some cultural works and monuments inside the building, as well as their significance in the Chinese culture.