For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness,  but one of power,  love, and sound judgment. (2 Timothy 1:7, HCSB)
 
When local officials declared a public health emergency on March 11 and later issued a ‘stay home – work safe’ order prohibiting the gathering of 10 or more people, we knew that it was time to get creative.  Since most of our programs involved groups of 10 or more people we had to suspend all of our Kids and Youth Clubs, Senior Adult Fellowships, Adult Programs, Homeless Lunch Fellowships and Client-Choice Food Pantry Programs.  And without our centers being open to the public, how would we be able to continue meeting needs of others with the love, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ while also keeping the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and clients our #1 priority?
Our staff and volunteers sprang into action, transforming our centers into distribution points from which we could continue to provide much-needed food and supplies.  It has enabled us to continue meeting the needs of our regular clients and the communities we serve at a most critical time.  Throughout the week phone calls are made to check on our senior adults, families whose kids attend our programs, and those who are homebound.  Those who have vehicles drive to our centers and we load them with groceries and household supplies.  For those who don’t have transportation we make deliveries to their residences, as well as to our senior adults and the homebound.  At Gano we’ve continued providing a meal, bags of food and hygiene items for the homeless every week.  It is all done safely following social distancing.
As we continue navigating the days ahead we are praying for and eagerly anticipating the start of our summer programs around June 1 hopefully.  Plans A, B and C are being drafted so we can be ready to reopen our programs in the best way.  Summer missionaries from Georgia and Texas are still planning on being with us for June and July, and summer youth groups are still getting ready to serve with us.  We know one thing, the communities are ready to come back!  We continue getting calls asking, “When are you going to start back up”?
Please pray for continued safety for our staff, volunteers and clients.  We really need your prayers and support.  Thank you!!

April 27, 2020

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