COVID-19 | A Christian Response
The coronavirus pandemic is one of the defining events of our time. How will the Church respond? How do we love our neighbour? How can we help?
Our Shofar congregations are not drawing back from the need around us and are actively involved in serving their communities though established NGO’s and in collaboration with other local community organisations.
See below to find out more and how to get involved.
Relief.Life is a Christian-based disaster management organisation that provides physical relief and support to areas affected by natural and man-induced catastrophes.
We’re responding to the overwhelming needs all over the Western Cape in partnership with the National Disaster Management Centre, local municipalities and other NGO's.
We’re helping the homeless and those in need in poorer areas, doing blanket drives, soap and sanitiser drives and transporting people in need to clinics and hospitals.
Donations to aid relief work can be made directly into the relief.life bank account or via GivenGain.com.
RELIEF LIFE DISASTER MANAGEMENT TRUST
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Relief.life, in collaboration with SCAN (Stellenbosch Community Advocacy Network), has set up donation points in several supermarkets in Stellenbosch and Hermanus. Food and other essential items can be donated at the following supermarkets:
Paul Roos Spar
Die Boord Spar
Spar – Gateway
OK Foods – Gateway, Voëlklip and Onrus
Woolworths – CBD
Checkers – CBD and Whale Coast Mall
Food Lover's market – Whale Coast Mall
Find out more
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that there is presently no space for additional volunteers.
Congregations & Partner Organisations
As difficult as the effects of the lockdown are, it is the poor and vulnerable in our society who are hardest hit. Our congregations and their partner organisations have set up programmes to help those in need. See below for initiatives close to you.
Prochorus Community Development
Shofar George & Life Community Services
Relief.Life and SCAN have set up donation points in several supermarkets in Hermanus.
Shofar Cape Town City
Helping the vulnerable Burundian community in Cape Town, many of whom have lost their jobs or have limited income during the lockdown, raise funds to cover basic living costs.
Donations can be made into their Bodyserve account.
Relief.Life and SCAN have set up donation points in several supermarkets in Stellenbosch.
Shofar Durbanville and Prochorus Delft
Shofar Worcester and Relief.Life
Providing grocery packages for vulnerable families in the community.
Hope To Cope
Heinrich Titus shares a message of hope in the Lord’s faithfulness from Jeremiah during this season.
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The best thing you can do to connect with the Body of Christ is to join us in prayer:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Ephesians 6:10-18 (ESV)
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 (ESV)