DAVID VAKA MINISTRY: Leadership for the Covid Era!

What type of leaders or leadership does our world need in this unprecedented time of great peril, perplexity and uncertainy? In wartime, great leaders arose with peculiar qualities and personalities suited for the challenges of their time. Our world is now at war and it’s NOT nations fighting against nations, but we are under siege and attack by an invisible biological enemy – CORONA VIRUS.

Preamble

In this article, we will discuss and explore the present state of our world and make comparision to its former state in the times of the world wars. We will highlight the causatives, motives and perpetrators of these wars, and the carnage and fatalities they brought upon the earth; then look at lessons learnt. We will also identify the leaders and leadership styles that rose beyond self and national interests to combat these dark forces to secure the peace and prosperity that we’ve enjoyed to this day.

The thoughts in these articles are the interweaving of natural and spiritual accounts or perspectives, to create a new tapestry of understanding and a narrative that can add and influence global conversations about our current crisis. Most of the views and opinions being propagated today in an attempt to explain our present pandemic and problems are either extreme left or extreme right. The moderate and centrist viewpoints have been hijacked and snuffed out by extremists. But it’s time for another voice that is neither left, right nor middle but transcends all, represents all views and is inspired from ABOVE to come to the fore! This is the overarching, insightful, truthful and prophetic voice of God’s Kingdom.

World War 1

In World War I, the world faced common enemies in the form of Austria-Hungary and Germany. World War I, also known as the Great War, began in 1914 after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. His murder catapulted into a war across Europe that lasted until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers). World War I saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction. By the time the war was over, and the Allied Powers claimed victory, more than 16 million people—soldiers and civilians alike—were dead.

  • The world is forever grateful to leaders like Woodrow Wilson (USA) David Lloyd George (UK), Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (Italy) and Georges Clemenceau (France), also known as the ‘The Council of Four’ who amalgamated their geniuses and resources to put an end to their common foes, bloodshed and human suffering.

World War 2

The instability created in Europe by the First World War (1914-18) set the stage for another international conflict–World War II–which broke out two decades later and would prove even more devastating. Rising to power in an economically and politically unstable Germany, Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party, rearmed the nation and signed strategic treaties with Italy and Japan to further his ambitions of world domination. Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 drove Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II. Over the next six years, the conflict would take more lives and destroy more land and property around the globe than any previous war. Among the estimated 45-60 million people killed were 6 million Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps as part of Hitler’s diabolical “Final Solution,” now known as the Holocaust.

In this midst of this global chaos, leaders like Winston Churchill (United Kingdom); Joseph Stalin (Soviet Union); Charles de Gaulle (France); and Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (United States) put aside their differences, marshalled their forces and resources and ended the Axis powers of evil led by Adolf Hitler (Germany), Benito Mussolini (Italy), and Hideki Tojo (Japan[t1] ) (Michael Ray, Leaders of World War 1).

World War 3

Today, the world is at war again and this time, the enemy is invisible, evasive and elusive. This enemy (COVID-19) is a biological virus that has infected 21.6 million and killed 774K worldwide. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces. People can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surges past the 21 million mark globally and deaths surpass 770,000, clinicians and pathologists are struggling to understand the damage wrought by the coronavirus as it tears through the body. They are realizing that although the lungs are ground zeroed, its reach can extend to many organs including the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, gut, and brain.

“[The disease] can attack almost anything in the body with devastating consequences,” says cardiologist Harlan Krumholz of Yale University