Words of Encouragement in Response
The Faith Community
St. John Missionary Baptist Church
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dear Christian Friends,
Our state, nation and international community are facing circumstances unprecedented in our lifetime due to the COVID-19 threat. We serve an awesome GOD who has instilled within us, extraordinary faith, supernatural problem-solving skills and the ability to share loving care for all of God’s children.
Congruent with caring for one another, we must address this threat with all of our compassion for one another and share the tremendous resources GOD has blessed us with. These resources include our time, talent and financial support.
Consequently, our faith community also needs to lead the efforts to keep everyone safe. Strategies that work well are:
Know the Facts:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided information on their website on the symptoms, testing and stigma associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This information is important as faith communities encounter persons who may be infected or concerned about contracting the virus. Another Oklahoma resource is the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-877-215-8336
There are ways we all can be proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The faith community practicing the suggested ways of prevention allows the world to see the leadership and concern that faith communities have for all people. Many are conflicted and struggling with this being a matter of faith over fear; however, this is a demonstration of love for community. Several ways the faith community can lead in preventing the spread of COVID-19 are as follows.
Effective prevention strategies include washing your hands, not touching your face with unclean hands, use of social distancing techniques, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and/or in quarantine, when necessary.
Provide web-based and mobile-based communications and opportunities for corporate prayer, the identification of prayer partners for all church members and the identification of congregational basic needs like food, shelter and safety. Sharing information through social media accounts and websites can also be effective.
Find ways to bring the faith community together to continue human faith connections and provision for the management of stress. Stay connected to members in the global community via phone, video conferencing, email and/or writing letters.
For more information on how the church or faith organization can prepare, prevent and promote best practices addressing COVID-19, please visit the CDC website. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Printed Resources.
Reverend M. L. Jemison, PhD