In these anxious days, the church must shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence, demonstrating for the world how our faith provides true assurance against excessive worry and fear.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body. . . . Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25–27.
Instead of excessive worry and fear. Focus on these suggestions:
Wash your hands often.
Limit physical contact (hugs and handshakes).
Consider not traveling.
Use disinfectant wipes liberally, especially in public spaces.
Seek medical care as soon as symptoms of illness occur.
Stay home if you are sick.
If you have to cough, cough into your bent elbow.
Do not completely disconnect - use the phone!
Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Do not horde supplies
Do not panic and excessively worry
Humanity has long worried about its own survival amid war, natural disaster, and disease. The escalating scare over the novel coronavirus COVID-19 feels to some like the end of the world. As believers, we are called to be harbingers of heaven in all of the ways we hold hope, keep the faith, trust God, love our neighbors and enemies, and especially love the poor and the sick. We refuse to cave to fear, remembering always how “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18) and death has no sting (1 Cor. 15:55).
The Mayor and Council of the City of Statesboro have additional protocols that I am asking you to observe.
Our ministry leadership team leaders are available during this crisis. I am here to serve you.
Compared to adults, children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives. Here are a few recommendations to help our young people cope.