COVID-19 has taken many jobs over the past year. Many businesses closed their doors or downsized just to make a profit. In a time when many economies experienced a decrease in unemployment, a virus came along and changed our reality. Now, many people are experiencing a financial crises. So, what do we do about the poverty surrounding us?
As Christians, we can’t turn a blind eye to the needs of the “poor”. They are all around us. We cannot pretend that they do not exist. Furthermore, that person that you look at in disgust has a story to tell. One can’t assume that every person begging on the street is an addict. That’s not the truth.
There are many who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, and families due to poverty. Some would rather squeegee cars, or do odd jobs than ask for a handout. Poverty is not fun. Sometimes, it’s plain scary. Especially when you do not know where your next meal is coming from.
Be That ray of hope
Then there are the “silent” poverty families. They are people that you would not guess are struggling. Their challenges are not outward. Yet, they are facing challenges all the same. They could be a church member, your neighbor, or even a close friend. What about these families? Don’t they need help, too?
Scripture tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing. In being blessed to be a blessing, it doesn’t mean that we hoard money. It means that we are blessed to help others with our abundance.
Our abundance doesn’t have to be financial. We can bless others with our time, or our talents. Many places bring food or clothes to families in need. There is no greater joy than to see that ray of hope wash over someone’s face. Even by donating what you don’t use can make a struggling family’s day. As Christians, we should all do our part.
Holly Switzer discusses the effects of poverty this year due to COVID-19. She talks about how to make a difference in your community. She will teach you how to impact families. Furthermore, she discusses the options available for those interested in volunteering.
This article and more in our next issue of Faith Filled Family coming out on March 26, 2021