The spread of a new coronavirus, COVID-19, has raised concern around the world. As Christians, we consider not only our own welfare but the well-being of those around us. People with medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes) and compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable. But we are all at risk.
We can be carrying the virus and show no signs of illness. In order to prevent the spread of this virus, we should stay home as much as possible, even if we are not sick. The most loving thing that we can do right now for everybody is practice social distancing.
We can also check on people who are not able to go out at all right now – older adults, people with medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems, people who are sick – and offer to run errands for them to the drugstore or grocery store.
Here are some resources on COVID-19 posted by Mennonite Church USA and the Church of the Brethren.
Brethren Disaster Ministries has a webpage of resources and recommendations on the coronavirus COVID-19. http://www.brethren.org/bdm/covid-19.html?fbclid=IwAR2LaQwhEytj0JMkK3aPq_kre1rKN4WVvUieS56QNyJsc3i9taPsiJlud-o
Mennonite Church USA has shared resources for managing coronavirus. http://mennoniteusa.org/news/mennonite-church-usa-managing-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR158OauZaTSQaqujlLCKZytPrSxQtgM7dEKAmhUWadmE45q8X4HluUxhM4
We pray for those who are affected by this virus. We pray for the health of our families and our neighbors next door and around the world. We choose faith over fear and put our trust in our God of healing and hope.