As a family, we believe part of our responsibility is to support our fellow family members during this period while they try to find other sources of income. I am thankful for a few people who have reached out and even donated toward helping anyone in need. We’ve also received requests from people asking for how they can help people in need. I believe this speaks to the Agape spirit that exists in AHOW.
Hence, we have created the AHOW “COVID-19 RELIEF FUND” to make it easy for people to donate. COVID-19 Relief Fund is now an option in the dropdown menu on the AHOW App and the website.
Throughout her over 2,000 years of history, the Church of Jesus Christ has always had to respond to major disasters like epidemics, famines, plagues, and natural disasters. If fact, if you’re a student of history, you will agree with me that the Church’s finest hour has always been the world’s darkest hour. Hence as we face this current coronavirus pandemic, I believe if we respond correctly like many of our forefathers, it will be an opportunity to bring God’s presence and glory to the midst of this darkness. Hence, I want to give a summary of what I believe the church response must be, based on the past successes of the Church.
1. Humility and Prayer
The time of epidemic is not the time to gloat about our righteousness or the sinfulness of the world. It is a time of humility and prayer. We are God’s watchmen, responsible for the healing of our land and; this calling requires humility and prayer
2. Kindness and generosity
The Macedonian Church demonstrated this for us; despite their own challenges, they reached out in love and compassion to support the brothers and sisters in Jerusalem who were also going through. Romans 15:26 says, “For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem.”. The Macedonian Church became a pattern for us as the modern-day Church to follow. We must resist every urge to hoard and be generous with our resources to help others.
3. Faithfulness to the preaching of the gospel
The Bible has a lot to say about caution and preparedness. The writer of Proverbs told us to see the ant as an example of storing away in summer the provisions we’ll need in winter. Jesus tells us to “watch and pray.” The best way to reduce your risk is to wash your hands regularly with soap, use hand sanitizer, avoid anyone sick and eat right.