March Update: Eswatini Declared a National Disaster, then the US Embassy in Eswatini closed, we start partial lockdown Friday!

March Update 2020

Greetings Friends & Family,
Hope this update finds you well. With so much going on world wide, I have found Isaiah 41:10 very comforting scripture during these unprecedented times, hope it encourages you as well.

I have started this update at least 5 different times, but each time I do, something else changes ...... so I think yesterday was the final major announcement for a while.
  • The announcements  started on March 17, 2020 when Eswatini declared a National Disaster due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The same day, the US Embassy had a meeting suggesting that all Americans with health problems leave the country because the borders between Eswatini and South Africa were going to be closing. The borders closed two days later on Thursday March 19, 2020.
  • On March 24, 2020 the Governemnt of Eswatini announced a Partial Lockdown of the country to begin Friday March 27, 2020 for 20 days.

Eswatini Declared a National Disaster March 17, 2020 to Fight COVID-19

Pictured to the right is the Prime Minister, Ambrose Dlamini at the press conference:
HIS Majesty King Mswati III, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic declared a national emergency to curb its spread on 17 March 2020.  Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini said he has been commanded by His Majesty King Mswati III to invoke Section 29 of the Disaster Management Act 2006, having assessed the magnitude and severity of the outbreak of the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic confirmed world over, to declare a national emergency in the Kingdom of Eswatini with immediate effect for a period not exceeding two months.

US Embassy in Eswatini is Closed

On the same day Tuesday, 17 March, the U.S. Embassy in Eswatini called an emergency meeting at 10:30 am. At that time, they announced that the Embassy would be closing for a period of two weeks, or maybe longer if necessary. Friends of ours went to the meeting. They strongly suggested that anyone that had any sort of health related issues should head back to the US as soon as possible because the borders between South Africa and Eswatini were going to be closed.
They closed the borders between South Africa and Eswatini on Friday morning, this means we are not able to leave the country and enter into South Africa for any reason, even medical treatment, unless we first obtain a visa to enter the country. 
We prayed and asked the Lord if we should stay or leave and we had peace from the Lord in staying right here in Eswatini.

Partial Lockdown in Eswatini -
March 27 for 20 days!

We too will begin a partial lockdown of the nation of Eswatini to begin March 27, 2020 for 20 days. Essential services will continue to operate like supermarkets, banks, police and fire, emergency response and utilities like electric, water and telecommunications.

The most recent information we have received is that there are 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eswatini, and most of them are from people who traveled to other nations and brought it into the country.
The challenges facing this nation are very serious. Many in the country have compromised autoimmune systems because of HIV. If COVID-19 spreads throughout Eswatini it will be devastating. Many struggle to eat on a daily basis, so with many of the feeding sites closing due to restrictions on gathering together in groups over 50 people ........ many will be faced with very little to eat.
Please join us in praying for Eswatini ..... not only for Eswatini, but also for those around the world that are being effected by this virus. Pray for the people on the front lines in the medical profession, pray for those who have lost friends and families in the wake of this pandemic.

Pray that this would be a time for the church to arise and speak about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that is available to all people ... that they chose Him

Thank you for Praying!

Thank you for taking the time to read about what is happening in Eswatini. We will continue to pray for you and ask that you pray for us as well! We covet your prayers.
Randy, Karen & Shelly
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