Stopping Potential Outbreaks Using Data from the Sewers
An Israeli firm has gone to the sewers in an attempt to predict possible future outbreaks of COVID-19. Using technology developed to detect and identify coronavirus in the sewage, it may be possible to trace the virus back to its origin and isolate a specific location before the virus can spread. Back in May, the company, in cooperation with scientists and mathematicians from other countries, started the research near a “coronavirus hotel” to learn how to measure and detect the virus. They placed sensors in the manholes and will test the sewage at peak times. This same process was used in 2013 to contain a potential outbreak of polio in a suburb of Beersheva.
Please pray for this research and a successful outcome to help stop potential outbreaks.
Preparing for Fall Distance Learning
In preparation for the school year beginning in the fall, the Ministry of Education has been making arrangements for distance learning. It has been decided that one hour of distance learning is equivalent to one hour in the classroom. Online instruction will also be considered the equivalent of in-person classes when considering how teachers will be paid. However, the Ministry of Education is still trying to solve the problem of providing a computer for every child in the family, as they will have simultaneous lessons and assignments due. Also, distance learning is known to cause strain on the family, as parents have to help guide, watch, and support their children. The ultimate goal is to provide a continuity of children’s education even when schools must be closed to prevent an outbreak.
Please pray for teachers and children to help them prepare and adjust to possible new formats of learning and teaching!
Israel Sees Return of High Infection Rate Throughout the Country
Israel has seen a drastic rise in those infected with COVID-19. The recent daily numbers have been between 200–300 people infected per day, whereas in May, there were less than a dozen new cases daily. One report anticipates that number as much as doubling with a week. As a result, the military’s coronavirus task force has said it might need to tighten restrictions. For more than a month, many restrictions have been loosened. Now, there might be a return to “when available” work from home, smaller class and summer camp sizes, set groups of workers on the same shifts, limits to gatherings of just 20–30 people, and weddings of no more than 150 people. The army has also been ordered to open another facility for people who test positive for coronavirus but cannot self-quarantine at home. There are currently six of these sites.
Please pray for Israel to see decreased infection rates and especially for the health of the elderly and those who are at high risk.
Opposition Against Israel’s Planned Annexation
More than 1,000 European lawmakers recently signed a statement against Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank. There are 25 countries represented among those who signed the statement, including those who have been friendly toward Israel. According to the statement, the United States’ peace plan, which forms the basis of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plans, “departs from internationally agreed parameters and principles.” It goes on to say, “We…share serious concerns about [US] President [Donald] Trump’s plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the imminent prospect of Israeli annexation of West Bank territory. We are deeply worried about the precedent this would set for international relations at large.” One of the primary concerns is that allowing Israel to make this move unopposed would embolden others around the globe who may have land claims to take similar unilateral action.
Please pray for wisdom for Israeli leaders as they consider the annexation of the Jordan Valley and the repercussions it would have on Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s neighbors, and the European leaders who are against this plan.
Do Not Be Worried about Tomorrow
Please pray for Israel as the heat begins to soar along with political tensions. The last thing Israel needs right now is a war with her neighbors—from Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. The approaching possibility of annexation will raise political strain. Our workers continue to serve faithfully, sharing spontaneous conversations about the Lord and engaging in times of prayer and study. Through these efforts, we can show our steadfast faith in the Lord during times of strife and turmoil. As rules change daily and news updates come throughout the day, we strive to live in accordance with Matthew 6:34, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Thank you for praying for our dedicated ministry workers who continue to serve day and night for those in need, while taking care of themselves and their families. We will trust in the Lord during times of turmoil and uncertainty!