Spiritual Leaders that passed in 2020

Passing

Christian

  1. Ravi Zacharias
  2. David Pawson
    • Dates
      • Passing:- 2020-May-21st
    • Bio
  3. Morris Cerullo
    • Stories
      • San Diego Union-Tribune
        • Obituary: Morris Cerullo — 1931-2020: Famed televangelist opened Bible-themed attraction in San Diego
          Link
  4. Joseph Lowery
    • Profile
      • American minister and activist
      • President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1977–1997)
  5. Rev. Ron Hampton
    • Church
      • New Vision Community Church, a Free Methodist Church
        Shreveport, Louisiana
    • Videos
      • Pastor Ronnie Hampton sick in the hospital bed with Coronavirus 3 days before death
        • Profile
          • Here is Pastor Ronnie Hampton’s final broadcast from the hospital bed 3 days before his death due to Coronavirus
        • Video #1
          Channel:- Chris Da Crisis
          Published On:- 2020-March-30th
          Link
  6. God In Christ ( COGIC )
    • Bishop Veodis Gaines
      • Church
        • Greater Metropolitan Church
          Detroit, Michigan
    • Bishop Timothy Titus Scott, Sr ( T.T. Scott )
      • Church
        • St. James Temple Church of God in Christ
          Clarksdale, Mississippi
    • Bishop Phillip A. Brooks of Detroit, Michigan
    • Robert L. Harris of Detroit, Michigan
    • Bishops Robert E. Smith of Flint, Mich.

Impacted

Church of God In Christ ( COGIC )

  1. WMC Action News
    • COGIC leaders, members take hard hit from COVID-19 nationwide
      Link
  2. WXYZ Detroit
    • Faith community mourns death of church leaders due to COVID-19
      Link
  3. Independent Tribune
    • COVID-19 has killed multiple bishops and pastors within the Church of God in Christ, the nation’s largest black Pentecostal denomination
      Link
  4. BET
    • COGIC Church Hit Hard By Coronavirus Deaths Among Its Leadership
      Link

Catholic

Impacted

  1. United States
    • State :- California
      • Fr. Gioacchino Basile
        • Church :- St. Gabriel’s Church in East Elmhurst, Queens
        • Videos
          • Video #1
            Channel:- ABC 7 New York, EyeWitness New
            Date Published:- 2020-May-8th
            Link

Stories

  1. Aleteia.Org
    • In Italy 109 priests have died of Coronavirus
    • Profile
      • Journalist :- John Burger
        Date Published On:- 2020-April-15th
    • Article
    • Transcript
      • According to the New York Times, priests and religious, ”especially in deeply infected areas like Bergamo, are risking, and sometimes giving, their lives to attend to the spiritual needs of the often older and devout Italians hardest hit by the virus.”
      • Get Closer, New York Times
        • The Diocese of Bergamo alone lost 24 priests in 20 days. About half the priests were retired, half still active. Those who are still alive and ministering to the sick, the Times reported, ”complain they cannot get closer, that the last touch the faithful feel is a gloved one, that the last face they see is often on [the screen of a cell phone].”
        • With a virus that separates families and spouses as it kills, priests said that they were also pained to be distanced from their flock when they were needed most.
        • “Numerous are those who have exposed themselves [to the virus] to be close to their community,” said the bishop of Bergamo, Francesco Beschi. “Their illness is an evident sign of closeness, a painful sign of closeness and sharing in the suffering.
      • Shared Memory, Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops
        • Most of the priests died by becoming infected because they remained in the midst of the people rather than thinking about saving themselves.
        • They tended to stay in a community for long periods of time, serving as the “custodian of shared memory, a participant in the passage of witness and values ​​between generations,” the newspaper said.
        • The clerics had a “precious presence that people discover to be indispensable, especially when the forced distance — or death — deprive them of a person who is always dear, close, available,”

Eastern Orthodox

  1. Father Andrei Molchanov
    • Impacted
      • Anastasia Molchanova, the late priest’s daughter
    • Stories
      • Reuters
        • Russia buries latest priest to die from Coronavirus
          Link

Scripture

  1. Ecclesiastes
    • Ecclesiastes 7:4 – The Value of Wisdom ( Link )
      • The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
  2. James
    • James 1:27 – Hearing and Doing ( Link )
      • Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

In Closing

Beloved, please count it joy to be reached out to, shared with, and asked for prayers.

There are many people out here going through an awful lot.

Continue to ponder the reason and premise of your calling.

Be sober minded and avail yourself to God’s calling and regenerative grace.

Allow God to ask you to pray for those in/with mighty needs.

Those who know they have to hear from me.

A Holy God, I ask and plead that they indeed hear from you…And, that you bring an encouraging and uplifting word to each soul that feel squeezed in.

Lord, please cast your gaze on your people.

As David pondered:-

What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him?
( Psalm 8:4 ) [ Link ]

It is your mindfulness and your care that we look upon; though it is heavily weighed towards you, the faculties you entrusted us compels us to fess our nakedness.

Please allow each family that has a name in your prayer basket to stay and stand in favored anticipation:-

It is not the dead who praise the LORD, nor any who descend into silence.
( Psalm 115:17 ) [ Link ]

Please allow the praise and the conversation to continue Lord.

Lord, We know how you look forward to us coming and we promise to continue coming.

It brings joy to us.  It brings cleansing and focus.

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