Churches Meet Growing Needs of Communities During COVID-19

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Across the country and around the world, COVID-19 has created need for many; need for basics such as food, rent, and childcare. This was no different in the Southeastern California Conference. Prior to COVID-19, Inland Empire Filipino church provided food for approximately 50 houseless people per week. Over the past few months, they have seen that number increase to nearly 200, most of whom have fallen on hard times since losing employment due to the pandemic. San Bernardino Community church has been able to provide disadvantaged families with temporary housing, and now has their food bank open three days a week, feeding approximately 600 families. When it became clear processes needed to change to fit the new normal due to COVID-19, Mt. Rubidoux church set up a drive-through food distribution situation so visitors could safely stay in their cars, pop the trunk, and allow church member volunteers–in personal protective equipment, of course–to fill their cars with food, cleaning supplies, paper products, and other basics. Marquis Johns, director of Adventist Community Services in the SECC, says, “Jesus first met people’s needs, and once he had their confidence, he bade them follow him. We’ve truly shifted into a full Jesus model in our service to the community, and it’s beautiful to see.”

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