Edgar Sandoval Sr. on We Must Fight Back as Coronavirus Threatens to Diminish Our Spirits and Emotions

Edgar Sandoval Sr., World Vision US president, and his daughter Andrea. | Courtesy of World Vision

Like many people, COVID-19 has shrunk my life down to the walls of my home.

As the president of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that works in nearly 100 countries including in the United States, normally I’m on the move. Most months I log thousands of miles traveling around the U.S. and to some of the most remote corners of the world, meeting with the people who help us do the work Jesus calls us to do.

But these days, my house has become my office, cafeteria, gym, movie theater, and even a makeshift church. Our family has to be especially careful, because my daughter Andrea has cerebral palsy. We cannot risk jeopardizing her already fragile health. This means no visitors and no travel, and not even trips to World Vision’s warehouse just a few miles away where we prepare emergency supplies for families in need.

Even more than the physical distance, COVID-19 threatens to shrink our spirits and emotions. As we’re isolated in our homes, apart from dear friends, elderly relatives, and our church family, it steals the comfort we find in community. And as so many people face furloughs, work limitations, and even unemployment, it hijacks our sense of purpose. With these areas under attack, it’s easy to give in to fear, loneliness, and even aimlessness – losing the very purpose God gives each of us.

That’s why I am choosing to fight back with prayer and a bias for action. I believe it’s action, no matter how small or simple, that gives us back what could otherwise be lost.

Maybe for your family, it’s making sure you’re still gathering together and spending time with the Lord, even if you can’t be within the walls of your church. Or it could be remembering to enjoy the precious additional time you’ve been given to have your children at home. Maybe it’s checking in on a loved one over the phone, offering a prayer or word of encouragement. It could be donating to your local food bank or our Family Emergency Kits, which feed a family of five for a week.

It also can be as simple as taking a few steps. And that’s why I’ll be getting on my treadmill on May 16.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Edgar Sandoval Sr.