Thousands Raised for OPC COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund
By David Nakhla
“I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.” Ps 116:1 ESV
With thanksgiving, we are glad to report that the OPC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response (CPR) Fund has received nearly $20,000 in gifts. With the gifts, the Committee on Diaconal Ministries has already been able to respond to some requests for financial assistance. Last week, in response to their request, a gift was sent 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. This week, the CDM is sending funds to OP missionaries laboring in Uganda to provide funds for food for some churches there.
A significant impact of the novel coronavirus lockdown in the developing world is hunger. While many in the West are accustomed to pantries loaded with weeks of food, many others in the world work each day to earn their daily bread. As such, being prohibited from working to earn food for the day brings tremendous suffering. As such, we are thankful to be able to play a small part in extending mercy in these difficult days, particularly to those who have the least.
If you are able to give above and beyond local and regional diaconal needs, we invite you to give toward this fund to participate in meeting needs in the OPC or in our sister churches around the world.