Sharing the Load
Paul tells us in Galatians that by sharing each other’s burdens, we are fulfilling the law of Christ – loving one another.
Our world is certainly heavy right now, but the good news is we don’t need to look very far to see people pulling together and helping those affected by the virus. Food banks, transitional housing centers, and homeless shelters are working together to meet the needs of their clients. Restaurants, neighborhoods, and churches are making sure that children are eating while they are not in school. Businesses large and small are pitching in to produce much-needed supplies. It’s beautiful.
Over the past weeks, through conversations with our givers and ministries, we’ve discovered situations that may not be top of mind during this time. They too are looking for prayer and support and may have some new (safe) volunteer opportunities.
Displaced College Students
As colleges and universities have closed and moved to online learning, many students are finding themselves without a home and no longer able to work. With no income, they are facing bills like rent, groceries, utilities, etc. Many colleges have set up special emergency relief funds to assist displaced students who have significant financial needs during this pandemic.
Counseling centers and other mental health providers are working around the clock to offer extra video counseling services for those who are overwhelmed by their circumstances and struggling with substance abuse or old issues that may be resurfacing.
Children are often in situations where their school is their “safe zone.” Many ministries and organizations are providing extra “heroes” for these kids to call or facetime when they are afraid or lonely.
Our healthcare workers are being challenged and stretched in ways they never imagined. In response, there are efforts popping up around the country to provide meals to them as they fight this battle.
There are people who are ill, elderly, or filled with anxiety all around us. Drop a note in their mailbox with your phone number and ask how you can help. Do they need any supplies? Can you pick up prescriptions for them?
We know there are many needs out there that we will never realize. And as you and your families think and pray about how to help during this crisis, we encourage you to listen for God’s whisper. He’ll put something or someone in your heart. As always, let us know how we can pray for you or how we can serve you by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can fulfill the law of Christ—to love one another.