“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4.14
As of April 7th, Malaysia has reported almost 4,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of the highest number of any country in Southeast Asia. Through mid-March, the country was under a Movement Control Order — similar to the Shelter in Place orders enacted in the United States. As cases increased exponentially, the country went under complete lockdown on March 22.
Haggai leader Subashini Achari is in leadership of two churches in Malaysia. She believes this crisis has created an unprecedented opportunity to minister to those facing illness, fear and uncertainty.
“This is the best time for us to share the Gospel….the best time to introduce the Great Healer and Physician our Lord Jesus. Many will be crying out for a true living God who can heal them and set them free. In my country many who affected are our Muslim friends and my prayer is that Jesus will appear in their dreams and vision.”
Subashini firmly believes that God has a unique role for Haggai leaders to play as this pandemic affects their communities. In her challenge to fellow Haggai leaders, she evoked the story of Esther, who God placed as queen in order to protect her fellow Jews from death in the Old Testament.
“For ‘such time as this’ Haggai Leaders are placed in some of the affected nations and this is the one of the best opportunities to serve the poor, the needy and the families who are affected. It opens the door to share the Gospel to an unreached group of people. We are [still] standing close to our Haggai’s vision to end Gospel poverty in every nation.”