The pandemic’s lockdowns and forced isolation are taking a heavy toll on our mental and emotional health. More about that here. This need presents opportunities for believers to introduce people to Christ’s hope and love. Yet, some of the U.S. Church’s “traditional” ways of reaching out – fellowship meals, home visits, et cetera – are not possible right now.
How do believers deliver hope in the age of social distancing? Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries says it begins with a biblical perspective.
“We’ve tended to be in ‘survival mode’ the last few months; trying to figure out how we’re going to get through it, and ‘we’re going to do without that, and without this’ and so on,” he says.
“Survival mode is, by its very nature, selfish. It’s all about me. We can’t allow ourselves to fall into that trap.”
Instead of concentrating on what we cannot do during the pandemic age, believers could find new ways to help others. “We’ve got to build bridges into people’s lives and hearts; finding ways to show the love and the compassion and the kindness of Christ to them,” Hutchcraft says.
“We’re supposed to be delivering hope wherever we go.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for a biblical perspective, and the willingness to be a hope-bearer despite current limitations.
- Ask the Lord to open your eyes to Gospel opportunities.