In an email to diocesan treasurer the Rev. John Gee, on April 17, Bishop Sixbert Macumi shared the following message about the ways Buyé diocese is raising awareness for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
I hope this finds you all well and safe! In the Diocese of Buyé we are well, and safe. Priests and their families are well, and free from COVID-19 infection. So far, in Burundi, we have five cases of COVID-19, and all are from Bujumbura, the economic capital of our country. The measures in place to face this global pandemic are still regular hand-washing and not hugging or shaking hands. The government is monitoring its spread for subsequent other measures, and churches are called to join the government in the COVID-19 fight by bringing their contributions.
In the diocese we decided our contribution toward Covid-19 prevention would be to create awareness of it in the communities. This last Wednesday we held a workshop for church leaders who will join others in dealing positively with this pandemic in their respective parishes. Forty-five participants including priests and Mothers' Union representatives attended the workshop.
I would like to note that in Buyé diocese we have 314 congregations and 29 parishes. The main intention of the diocese is that our communities have at least one skilled person to help people be aware of how to prevent Covid-19 infection.
Workshop participants indicated a very crucial need for essential materials such as appropriate buckets and soap to be placed at the entrance of every church for the use of Christians during the Sunday service.
Please pray for us, and be assured that we also pray for you.