COVID-19 RESPONSE: A MISSIONAL APPROACH

 

In the wake of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, Missions at Burnt Hickory would like to invite you to continue to serve our community in a time when they need it most.  We realize this can be a difficult time for all but we have the Hope of Christ and there is no better time to share that with our community. We will be posting ideas and opportunities throughout the coming weeks to help you find ways to serve.  You may also be able to find these on the InsideOut Missions at Burnt Hickory facebook page.

 

 

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

This timeless question was asked of Jesus in the Scriptures. Jesus answered by telling the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) who showed mercy to someone in need. Jesus ended the story by saying, "Go and do likewise."

How can we do show mercy during these times? Pray through some of these resources and consider how God can use you to love others. The hope that can only be found in Him is ours to share. Look for ways to pray for people, share your testimony, and share the Gospel.

WHERE TO START: KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR.

“Won’t you be my neighbor?” Mr. Rogers asked us that question for many years. But in the hustle and bustle of life, do we even know our neighbors?

Over the past few months, maybe you’ve had the opportunity to get to know your neighbors by chatting in the yard or out on a walk. There still may be more that you don’t know. Have you had the opportunity to pray for your neighbors? Would you like a tool to help you do so?

The website blesseveryhome.com is a great tool! This is a free website where you can register your name and e-mail. Each morning you will receive an e-mail with the name of 5 neighbors to pray for that day. What an amazing opportunity to be able to build a relationship with your neighbors! Prayer is so intimate as we converse with God and intercede on behalf of others. Here is an opportunity to be a part of the lives of those who live around us by going to the throne of the Father on their behalf. Join us as we BLESS EVERY HOME in our community!

additional neighboring resources: 

Hello Neighbor! Printable Card

Neighbor Block Map

Pray4everyhome.org

nbs2go.com

HOW TO ENGAGE: RELATIONSHIPS

Prayer Guide

The Art of Neighboring COVID-19 Toolkit 

INSPIRING RESOURCES

Books: The Turquoise Table;The Gospel Comes with a House Key; The Simplest Way to Change the World; A Meal with Jesus

Other Resourses:

Rosaria Butterfield, author of The Gospel Comes with a House Key, shares how to Practice Hospitality During COVID-19.

Right Now Media Bible Study: Art of Neighboring and The Gospel Comes with a House Key. If you don’t already have access to Right Now Media, create a FREE account today!

BE THE CHURCH

We are blessed to be a part of a church body that time and time again gives unselfishly. 1 Peter 4:10 tells us "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in various forms." It is out desire to care for the whole body, especially those who are the most vulnerable among us. In times like these, we do not want any member of our church body putting themselves at risk unnecessarily. So, if you are a senior adult, a single mom, or have a compromised immune system, please let us serve you by going grocery shopping or running essential errands for you. We encourage you to not be afraid to ask for help - it is a blessing and honor to serve you!

We want to provide a place where you can request assistance. We also want to put together a list of members who are willing to help. So if you are in need of assistant or if you are willing to be of service, please click on the corresponding link below.

CLICK HERE to fill out a form requesting help.
CLICK HERE to sign up to serve. 

*Note, we will do our best to match needs based on proximity where possible*

VOLUNTEER TO BE A VIRTUAL LEARNING FACILITATOR

Although Cobb County Schools have announced a plan to go back to face to face learning, many children have been and will continue for the next month to miss out on their educational resources due to lack of internet.  One local elementary school has stated that they currently have 50 families in this predicament. Missions at BHBC has partnered with Mosaic Church to help host children in their community during online learning hours at their facility.  Not only does this offer a safe environment with the resources needed, it is a great opportunity to pour into the lives of others the way Jesus intended.  No experience necessary, just a willing heart.  To volunteer for a shift as a facilitator, go to Volunteer Facilitators.

PREPARE HOMELESS HYGIENE KITS

BHBC is partnering with this ministry in Atlanta to provide hygiene kits to for their homeless clients during this critical time. You can help by putting together kits and dropping them off at BHBC. Place the following items in a GALLON size ziplock bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, NEW socks, hand wipes or hand sanitizer, and chapstick. If there is still room in the SAME bag, you may also add (BUT NOT REQUIRED): feminine hygiene products, NEW underwear, washcloth, sunscreen, first aid kit/band-aids, toilet paper/wipes, comb, disposable razor, flossers/dental floss, mask, poncho, mouthwash, hand warmers, hat, reflective/emergency blanket. Drop items in the bin located outside the front offices at BHBC BEGINNING Mon, April 27th.

STOREHOUSE MINISTRIES

Missions at BHBC has partnered with Storehouse Ministries to provide food to children and families in our community…

Here’s how you can help:

Volunteer at Storehouse Ministries by boxing food items.(Social distancing protocol will be followed as well as you will be given an official “Essential Service Letter”.) Call Tish Young (773-412-9719) at Storehouse to volunteer.

Donate the following needed items.  Drop off your donations at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church between the hours of 9am and 8pm.

Check out Storehouse Ministries for a list of needed food items.

SWEETWATER MISSION 

Sweetwater Mission is providing express food to families in need within the community.  You can help replenish their stock of essential food by donating at  SWEETWATER MISSION