Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in late January, the churches in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi have been temporarily closed.
Besides people who are on duty at the Mingde Church and engaged in disinfection and security work, the other staff and congregation members stay at home, according to Urumqi Christian Council.
On March 8, as the number of newly infected declined to zero in Xinjiang and lockdowns were removed from all the communities in Urumqi, the pastoral staff and deacons of Mingde Church visited local pandemic control and prevention personnel.
Four days later, they gave fruit, yogurt, and 500 masks to frontline officials and workers in Heping Bei Community.
Food such as fruit, yogurt, and beef were also sent to the staff and elderly residents of a nursing home co-sponsored by the Urumqi Christian Council and the Amity Foundation.