22 April 2020
5 ways to support WorldShare during the coronavirus crisis
I never thought I would be sitting in my dining room, writing my first blog, while my two daughters are upstairs working through online lesson plans! These are unprecedented times which I expect future generations will study as part of the curriculum in years to come. As Christians, we have a blessed assurance that God is in control, despite the current uncertainty. We also have a responsibility to be the hands and feet of Jesus and share the love of Christ with the most poor and vulnerable of our brothers and sisters around the world. So how can you support WorldShare during this time?
I imagine most of us are feeling the need to connect to others, particularly using available technology while in physical lockdown. You may have joined Facebook in order to stay in touch with family and friends or have connected with them using Zoom or Skype. Your church may be streaming services online while we can’t physically meet together. We would love you to connect with us too. Whether you prefer Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you can connect with WorldShare through social media or visit our website to keep up to date with the work of our ministry partners around the world.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)
Every morning at 9.30am we meet as a staff team to pray. This is normally in the office but right now it’s via Zoom from the safety of home. We pray for our ministry partners, we pray for wisdom and guidance and we pray for you, our supporters, who sacrificially give time and money to support our work. If you already pray for WorldShare, thank you! If you need inspiration, we produce a monthly Prayer Calendar which is available to view and download here. If you meet virtually with other Christians to pray, perhaps you could remember our ministry partners in your prayers as they adapt how they respond to the needs of their communities during the pandemic.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
This is a difficult time for many people financially and our ministry partners are no exception. We are funded by donations from individuals, churches and a few charitable trusts, enabling us to resource our partners around the world so that they can demonstrate Christ’s love in practical ways. During this pandemic, when the poorest and most vulnerable end up suffering the most, we need your help more than ever. Our website is the easiest place to donate and you can choose whether to give a single or regular gift, whichever suits you best.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (1 Corinthians 9:12)
I don’t know about you, but I love hearing stories of how Jesus changes lives. Recently one of our child sponsors shared her experience with a friend and as a result that friend has also decided to sponsor a child! Isn’t God good?! Perhaps you can share what WorldShare means to you with your family and friends at this time to help increase the support we need. This could simply be by chatting to a friend on the phone, liking and sharing our Facebook posts or buying one of our Freedom Gifts as an alternative birthday present while shopping options are restricted.
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16)
Sadly, some of us will be experiencing the loss of loved ones at this time. Whether we are grieving as a direct result of the virus, or our grief is impacted by not being able to say goodbye because of the lockdown, we know that God is our comfort in times of trouble. Earlier this year we published an article in our Window magazine which celebrated the life of Maisie Clark, a young lady who passed away suddenly in 2019 aged 28. Maisie was a passionate supporter of our ministry partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo, HEAL Africa, along with her cousin Esther. Esther’s desire to celebrate Maisie’s life and raise funds for HEAL prompted her to fundraise in memory of Maisie, raising over £1,300. If you are experiencing the pain of losing someone close to you and would like to do something like Esther in memory and celebration of them, please get in touch.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (1 Corinthians 1:3-4)
As we continue to trust that God will sustain us through this difficult time, my hope and prayer is that you will find new ways of connecting with and supporting WorldShare. We have no idea how long it will be before this pandemic is contained but what we can be certain of is that God will meet all our needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
By Vanessa Riley, our Fundraising Specialist here at WorldShare.