Habtey family praise God for deliverance …

Daniel Habtey and his wife Senayit are in lockdown with their 3 children in Huddersfield. While Daniel has been at home, supervising the children and doing his work with Eritreans online, Senayit has been continuing her vital work in a local care home. They knew this was a risk, but felt that her support was needed. However, about a month ago Senayit became unwell and had to stop working. One of their daughters had the same symptoms. Daniel and Senayit eventually took tests. Daniel’s was negative, but Senayit’s was positive for the coronavirus.

At this worrying time, God reminded Daniel of a verse, ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned’ (Isaiah 43:2). He encouraged Senayit with these words, took up his guitar and they prayed and worshipped God together. ‘The Lord delivered us,’ Daniel wrote (in an article to be published in the next issue of Contact). ‘Praise God for His endless mercy and healing power. The whole family is safe.’ And on 28 April, Senayit went back to work at the care home.

Daniel was reminded of a time in Eritrea, 20 years ago, when he was in danger of being forcibly conscripted by the military, and he went into lockdown for 8 months with relatives. He used the time to pray more and also learnt to play the guitar and wrote songs.

Today, in this time of crisis, Daniel wants to encourage us all to be cautious (follow guidelines and be sensible); courageous (trust God and do what we know we should do); content (our relationship with God is more important than the circumstances), and creative (use the lockdown to learn something new).

Daniel and his family are praising God for delivering them. What lockdown testimonies will we have when we come out of this time of isolation?