These are difficult and uncertain times, and we want to let you know that all of us here at Missio Malta are keeping you and your family in our prayers. During the coming weeks and months, as we adapt to the frequent changes and updates, Missio Malta will remain open and in service to those in need around the world.
We are taking precautions. Our national office have effectively closed, with many of our staff working from home in order to protect themselves and their families and help prevent the spread of the virus among the broader community. But you can still contact us at any time. Our staff are taking calls and responding to enquiries, though you may notice a delay as we work within the constraints of home offices.
Our website and social media are the best places to stay updated with what is happening.
Mons Valent, National Director Message
Sadly, the reality of this unprecedented situation is that many people, including some reading this, will be affected. We continue to pray for your health, safety and security and urge you to seek out support when you need it. Thankfully, there will be many who are not as significantly affected. For them, this may be a short-term inconvenience for the sake of everyone’s long-term health and wellbeing. If this is you, perhaps you could consider how you can help others during this difficult period.
The Church, through its vast missionary network, is working around the clock to improve conditions for people in these places and has been for decades. This global pandemic has the potential to set them back years in their work as they struggle to manage the rapidly changing and deteriorating situation in many areas.
There are several ways in which you can do this. Firstly, you will have noticed that many parishes in Malta are running drives for food and essential items. If your parish is running one of these drives and you have items surplus to requirements, please give what you can to help your neighbours.
Secondly, we recognise that many Maltese will do it tough over the next few weeks. But we urge you to reflect on just how much tougher those in developing countries will take this coronavirus hit. Throughout parts of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, the infrastructure, services and finances simply aren’t sufficient to manage this crisis.
In times of hardship, it’s important that we stick together. COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our mission partners and the Church, and it’s vital that we help support the work of mission to the most vulnerable in this time.
Your donation makes an incredible difference in helping respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic impacting mission partners and the Church around the world. While we face challenges at home in Malta, vulnerable communities around the world will be worse off. Together, we are still here, responding to the call to love God and to love our neighbour in these toughest of times.
If you feel you are among the fortunate who can lend a hand in these times and you would like to ensure the work of mission can support communities in great need with pastoral outreach and essential services like water, health, sanitation and education, please do not hesitate to call our team on +356 99137373 or donate online.
As Pope Francis said, as the coronavirus outbreak surged in Europe, that now is not a time for pastors to abandon the faithful; to the contrary, there have been few times in recent history where we have been so widely and urgently called to solidarity, kindness and steadfast faith.
We will not abandon you, our supporters, and we will not abandon those whose health, wellbeing and livelihoods rely on your solidarity, kindness and steadfast faith. We ask you to do the same. Together we will get through this.