Wills Point Mayor Mark Turner and Gospel for Asia’s Founder, K.P. Yohannan have teamed up to create a video for the community they love, during this menacing time with COVID-19 threatening to infect the population.
Three short videos were made, one of them being of the two men together exhorting the community to prayer, above all. Airing on social media, Turner and Yohannan urge citizens in an eight-minute video, to comply joyfully with the authority’s directives to wash hands, don’t touch your face, stay home when at all possible, and practice social distancing, allowing for a minimum of six feet between oneself and others not in the same immediate family and household.
Citing Romans 13, Yohannan explained that governing authorities have the public welfare in mind and bear a heavy burden to fight the virus and protect the people to the best of their ability.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. Romans 13:1-4a
So far, at the time of the video’s production, Turner explained that there are no shelter-in-place orders in Van Zandt County, and that community members should act responsibly to observe State, Federal guidelines, and the Centers for Disease Control directives on preventing the spread of Coronavirus, as there are still only two confirmed cases in the County.
However, the Update Regarding Coronavirus in Van Zandt County, which came down from County Judge Don Kirkpatrick Monday, March 30 told citizens to expect within the next 48 hours, an amendment to the “previously issued Disaster Declaration to add criminal penalties for persons who refuse to follow the necessary and binding state and federal mandates, including those who choose to proceed with large (greater than 10 person) social or entertainment-based gatherings…”.
As the Mayor urged people to pray, Yohannan led prayer for the end of the virus in the video, which was also released March 30. To see it, visit the Facebook page: Mayor Mark. To see the video message from the Mayor, visit the Facebook page: Gospel for Asia.