How Do We Help
There’s a saying that it is better to keep your mouth shut, then to open it and confirm what people have always suspected about you! Well here I am again. For months it has been suggested that I do the Facebook Live things in order to promote The Journey and The Sunday Gathering.
So, now that I am doing it, we have very little to promote, since we are pretty much closed.
The suggestion now is that we need to encourage people who are fearful and overwhelmed by the impact of the response to the virus – closures, runs on toilet paper, safe social distancing, etc.
Yesterday I was talking with some moms. I was in the doorway to The Journey and they were 10 feet away with their little ones. One of the younger ones suddenly bolted towards me with her arms wide open wanting to give me a hug. It pierced my heart when we all yelled at her to stop. I watched as she totally deflated and walked head down back to her mom.
The message she received at that moment was pretty much the opposite of the message we want to give. Yes, it was important that she not hug me. I have been to stores and interacting with people and back and forth to my apartment, etc., etc., so I do provide a risk that she needs to avoid.
But, how do we reassure our children, how do we reassure one another. Jesus disciple John once wrote that:
“There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear.” – 1 John 4:18 (GNT)
First and foremost, we need to love. Our children need the reassurance that they are loved, loved deeply. Our actions for that little girl was out of love. We didn’t want to put her in a position of possibly being harmed. What comes next is to then help her and all the other little ones like her to understand the love behind our actions. Even though The Journey has policies about hugging children (i.e. they can hug me, but I don’t hug back), when it is safe to do so I will give her a hug. I want her to know that the affection she has for me and the staff at The Journey is also ours for her.
So, love, love deeply, it does drive out fear.
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The Journey Neighbourhood Centre has had to all but close our doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a difficult time for all of us in our community. The Journey has undertaken a few initiatives to try and make a difference:
- FOOD – We are now distributing basic prepacked food bags to our community on Thursdays (thanks to Regeneration Outreach Community).
- Information – Via our social media and website we are posting relevant and up-to-date information on a variety of topics including: financial compensation, school closings and health advisories.
- Resources – We are distributing family resources via our Little Library (long story, but the combination is 1, 2, 3) and also along with the prepackaged food distribution on Thursdays. Those resources consist of a variety of educational worksheets, colouring pages and family crafts.
- Care – We are directly contacting people in our community to check-in on how they are doing and we are also posting videos and inspiring stories to try and lift people’s spirits during the lockdown.
We continue to check our email and periodically phone messages. So, do not hesitate to contact us. Our door may be locked, but we are still here!