Here’s How You Can Help: COVID-19
Acts 20:35 reminds us that, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, [“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”]
That means we should begin thinking about what we can do for those in need or the “least” of us, instead of asking “what can I do for myself.” In light of COVID-19, the global pandemic has taken the lives of over 17,250 people, specifically senior citizens and those with pre-existing medical conditions. However, Carton P. Byrd, Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church, responded saying, “As unfortunate and devastating as the coronavirus outbreak is, it doesn’t absolve us of the responsibility to care for our most vulnerable members. If anything, it underscores that responsibility. We are committed to making sure that our senior citizens and families that are in need are cared for and looked after.” With that mandate in mind, the Oakwood University Church leadership and staff distributed 50 bags filled with groceries to senior citizens and families in need on March 20th.
Heaven Storehouse Food Bank, the pantry and food distribution ministry at OUC, who too was recently closed because of the pandemic, donated the bags. This act of service was to ensure that those who are at a greater risk of becoming ill, can still receive food to sustain them while also minimizing possible exposure to COVID-19. Many who received donations, expressed thanks and shared warm smiles. Since Social Distancing is strongly recommended, many were inclined to do “elbow bumps” instead of high fives!
OUC hopes to continue providing food items to those in need during this time of crisis. We urge all to continue taking necessary precautions to avoid the further spread of the virus while also remaining hopeful with faith in Christ. For we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are called, according to His purpose.