Thanksgiving has come and gone; winter is setting in. The pandemic is being felt in ever increasing ways. Today my family received news of a beloved uncle who died. Our aunt is grieving and fighting COVID herself. But not without hope, the hope that is ours because of Jesus.
In the midst of the of this difficult season, MDS was blessed with that same hope as we supported churches across Canada through the Spirit of MDS Fund. Altogether, we gave about $100,000 to 80 congregations to help them assist their neighbours during the pandemic—things like providing food, helping vulnerable people, serving and connecting people through technology.
This included Peace Church on 52ndin Vancouver that used funds from MDS Canada to assist a homeless man who has been sheltering on the porch of their facility every night—they bought him camping equipment including a new sleeping bag, mat and dry bag.
The homeless man, “was very grateful to have a warm sleeping bag and a more comfortable mat and was especially happy about having another dry bag so his belongings wouldn’t get wet when it rains,” says pastor Lydia Cruttwell.
As the nights get longer, may we find ourselves waiting and watching for the Hope of the World.