The coronavirus has changed all our lives. For many, it is only a matter of certain inconveniences. For others, the situation is much more serious. We have all heard the people most susceptible to COVID-19 are our senior adults. How can we care for these precious saints in our church and in our neighborhood? This is our mandate from Scripture. The apostle Paul writes, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3-4). Paul goes on to tell us this is the mindset of Jesus in coming to serve us.
Elsewhere, John writes words that strike us in our heart: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18). I am constantly encouraged by the love I see being poured out on one another within our congregation. We now have a very real opportunity to do so all the more.
I want to encourage each of you to use this time to get to know your neighbors and inquire if there is any way you can assist them in meeting their needs and acquiring personal items and food. This is what it means to obey the greatest command: to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:28-31).
What about our church family? I want to ask for individuals and families within our church to “adopt” our senior adults. I have a fifteen-page document listing households with older senior adults. Each of our twenty-one deacons are already caring for 4-5 widows and shut-ins. This lowers the number of households on the list considerably but there are still many couples and individuals to care for.
If you are willing to adopt one of these homes, please let us know by emailing the church office at email@example.com.
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We hope to have enough volunteers so that each family has only to care for one household. If you would like more than one household, please let us know. We will send you contact information via email. Once you receive your family, we ask you not to visit their homes but call them to assess their current situation and needs. Please reach out to them often as it appears this situation will continue for several weeks. If they have the capability, perhaps you can FaceTime with them. If you have children, perhaps they can send letters or draw pictures for them.
We realize all seniors are not created equal; some are more susceptible and more dependent than others. At the same time, some have family nearby who are already taking care of all their needs. We praise the Lord for this but it is good for them to know their church family loves them and cares for them, as well.
If your adopted family’s current needs are too much for you to handle, you can contact the church office.
I hope to see the church rise up and be the church to this special segment of our church!