I hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe during this time of craziness!
I know this time has been stressful and confusing for everyone, but I really believe that looking outside of ourselves and to how we can help care for our neighbors. We are told in Scripture to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39) and do good and share with others (Hebrews 13:16) There are many ways that we can be helping during this time. I have compiled 4 ways that we can be helping our community during this time. Please read below for more information.
Pray for our community
Pray for the health and safety of the elderly and immunocompromised people in our community.
Pray for the health and safety of the healthcare workers.
Pray for those out of work, that they would get work, food, and support.
Pray for people who don’t know Christ to see God’s grace and provision through this difficult time and that would point them to Christ..
*We will be sending out resources and information to people in our community and also asking for prayer requests, so if you’re willing to be praying for those requests as they come in, please email me back letting me know to put you on the list*
Support Local Businesses
Many local business have been forced to close their doors for now and possibly for good because of this pandemic. We would love to support these local businesses by ordering takeout and gift cards in order to support their business. If you get takeout or delivery, don’t forget to tip the staff as much as you can.
If you don’t have any local businesses that you know in your area, here are some lists by neighborhood:
Donate to food banks and local organizations
There are several organizations that have been stepping up and serving the community in this time. These centers are great resources and our money will be put to good use.
If you’re able, there are many ways we can be the hands and feet of Christ for our community. Check out any of the organizations listed below for how you can donate or volunteer.
Thank you so much for your heart to serve the community! I will be updating this list periodically, so please email me directly to let me know of any other opportunities you know of that can help the community.
Please email me for any questions or concerns!
Thank you, Union!
Rebekah Calano, Deaconess of Justice & Mercy