The Care Effect
One of our core values as a church is that “We Gather to Go to the Need”. We see this value most directly as we go out each week as a church body to love our neighbor through the Care Effect. It’s become part of the DNA of our church as we follow Jesus to serve those He loves in our community. But right now, we can’t Gather, and we can’t Go.
So, what does this mean for our church?
It means that our regular opportunities to serve the community in the prisons, nursing homes, shelters, hospitals, schools, neighborhoods, and clubs on Bourbon street are canceled. But it doesn’t mean that we stop caring or that we have no way to love our neighbor. Here are some ways you can continue to serve and love our community.
Pray for our Care Effect Ministries and those they serve.
So many of those we serve cannot have visitors are lonely. Let them know we care by writing an encouraging card.
Use this quarantine time as an opportunity to meet and serve your neighbors. As we’ve walked around our neighborhood, we’ve seen so many people sitting on porches, walking, or biking. Keep your distance but introduce yourself and see if they need anything or if you can pray for them. I’ve been able to buy groceries and pick up prescriptions for a couple of neighbors.
So, while we’ve had to cancel Care Effect activities, we can’t cancel the Care the God has for us or that God has called us to have for our neighbor. Here are some ways that you can serve our neighbors during this time.
Pray for the Care Effect
Pray for those we serve at each of our ministries.
- Central City
- Fuel the Future
- New Orleans Mission
- Jefferson Healthcare Nursing Home
- Orleans Parish Prison
- Ozanam Inn
- Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center
- VA Hospital.
Pray for our volunteers.
Pray for those who are hungry at this time when services have been forced to slow down.
Pray that those we serve would see Jesus as the source of hope in our world.
Pray that even though this forced distance, our community would know that God loves them and that we love them.
Pray for the lonely in our city.
Pray for God’s mercy and comfort through this time of pain.
Pray for those who are sick and those who are in living situations that put them at high risk.
Pray for opportunities to serve and share God’s love with our neighbors.
Ways to Serve
Send an encouraging letter or card to those who are isolated during this time.
- Jefferson Healthcare Center, 2200 Jefferson Hwy Jefferson, LA 70121
- Juvenile Justice Complex (Rivarde), 1546 – B Gretna Blvd. Harvey, LA 70058
- You can address your letters to “Guys in A Pod,” “Guys in B Pod,” “Guys in F Pod,” or “Girls in E Pod.”
- Veterans Affairs Hospital, 119 S. Galvez St. New Orleans, LA 70119
Call or text your friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
- Remind them that you care and that they are not alone.
- Ask them if they need anything.
- Pray for them and ask them to pray for you
Love your neighbor.
- Walk around your neighborhood and meet people.
- Find creative ways to encourage each other.
- Make yourself available to help with needs.
- Drop off cards to your neighbors with your name and number to contact if they need anything.
- Use this as an opportunity to be a presence of God’s love in your community.
- Share any ideas you have with us.