COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund
Update as of September 3, 2020:
The Committee on Diaconal Ministries’ COVID-19 Pandemic Response (CPR) Fund has nearly $48,000 in generous donations to date! With these gifts, the Committee on Diaconal Ministries has been able to respond to requests for financial assistance.
In response to their request, a gift was sent in May to our brothers and sisters in the Africa Evangelical Presbyterian Church (AEPC) in Kenya, a denomination with whom the OPC has fraternal ties, where they have been in coronavirus lockdown since mid-March. In mid-August another gift was sent, as the strict lockdowns continue and the lack of food is severe in east-Africa.
Much-needed aid also went to our missionaries in Mbale, Uganda to distribute food, as hunger seems to be a significant impact on the developing world. Missionary Charles Jackson relays thanks in this note, “Blessings from Mbale. Thanks so much for the quick response to our request. I sent out a truck full of posho and beans to the churches in the Mbale presbytery this past Saturday. I appreciate it and at almost every stop the churches told us to communicate their heartfelt thanks to the OPC for sending this for them. It is a kind relief in the middle of a pretty serious lockdown here so thank you very much. Please communicate our thanks to the CDM for helping with food relief here in Mbale. Blessings, Charles”.
Additionally we have been able to send funds to Uruguay and Ethiopia.
Please consider a donation to your local deacons or presbytery first before contributing to this fund.
With COVID-19 looming darkly over us, the one thing that is clear is that no one but God knows what will happen. From our limited, human perspective, everything is up in the air and anything is possible. Can I encourage you in the thought that the Lord, in His divine providence, has opened up a short-term mission field to you right where you are — right in your own neighborhood?
The OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries has opened a COVID-19 Pandemic Response (CPR) fund. This fund will be used to bring financial relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you would like to contribute beyond your local diaconal giving, please go to COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund Giving. If you have any additional questions, please contact us: [email protected].