To our Christ in the City family,
We want to share with you important updates on how COVID-19 is affecting Christ in the City’s ministry. As we face COVID-19, there is a real need to attend to the needs of our friends on the street while still adhering to recommended safety precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. The homeless we serve are among the most vulnerable in our society in many ways. During this outbreak, they have very limited possibilities to self-quarantine, have adequate hygiene protocols and keep an appropriate distance from one another. In the midst of this crisis, we are constantly evaluating what we can do for them.
What we are doing:
- With 30+ missionaries living under one roof, the risk of the whole community being quarantined for an indefinite amount of time is too high. For this reason, missionaries were asked to return home for an uncertain amount of time to quarantine and have been encouraged to support their local poor, elderly, and vulnerable in their area. The decision was difficult, but this is an essential step in order to be able to resume our ministry in its full capacity as soon as the crisis declines.
- In the meantime, a small number of local missionaries, staff, and volunteers in Denver have stepped forward by their own initiative to attend to the needs of our homeless friends. With the support and guidance of the City of Denver, we are doing what we can to show our friends on the street that they are never forgotten!
- We are continuing our Lunches in the Park to provide a hot meal, strictly following best practices from the city to minimize gathering a crowd.
- Missionaries are checking in with our friends (both on the streets and in housing) via phone as much as possible!
What you can do:
- We need your help! Now more than ever, your financial support is vital for us to sustain our ministry. Our world is experiencing a time of extreme isolation and for the homeless it doesn’t stop with Coronavirus. Christ in the City’s presence on the streets means that the most vulnerable of our society are not forgotten; that they are being cared for at a time when they feel most abandoned. We’ve launched a monthly giving community, Known & Loved, to help ensure our ministry can continue in the future. Our goal is for 75 members to join before Easter. Join today!
- We are looking for donations of grocery and fast food gift cards, bottled water/sports drinks, socks, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, bus passes, hotel vouchers, and prepackaged food to give out to our homeless friends. Please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
- If generous volunteers wish to do street ministry or serve Lunch in the Park with Christ in the City, we are encouraging them to make that decision in consultation with their whole household. If anything, we want you to be fully aware of the serious risks involved. However, if you are convicted to serve in this way, we wish to equip you as best as we can for ministry. For anyone who feels called to help CIC continue our ministry on the streets, you can contact our Outreach Director, Sam Schultz at email@example.com or 920.840.5194.
- Please pray for our street teams and all those they serve!
It is unclear what additional effects this virus will have on our ministry, especially for the recruitment of new missionaries. Please pray to the Lord to send brave and courageous missionaries to join the beautiful ministry of serving His most beloved children: the abandoned and the poor.
Stay tuned for more updates on how you can help. Know we will all be praying for the safety and well-being of you and your family.