The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way neighbors interact with one another – and it’s left many people feeling out of the loop.
In most places, gone are the days of neighborhood block parties or community events, and it’s left some to suffer alone from the lack of connection or their basic physical needs not being met.
But the good news is, this is an incredible opportunity to make a difference in your neighborhood and show the love of Christ in a beautiful way to those around you. Here’s how you do it.
You see – it’s no accident you live where you do.
God is sovereign, and He knew on this exact day that you’d be where you are and surrounded by the people that you are – and He’s equipped you with everything in Him to show His love to your community.
Here are just a few ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of your neighbors this Christmas season.
Meeting Physical Needs
Many people are scared to leave their homes – whether it’s an elderly widow down the street or a mother raising a child with special needs.
Others have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and don’t have the basic resources to feed their own families.
Often, these people suffer in silence, not wanting to burden others with asking for help.
Make sure you check on these neighbors and see how you can be of service to them.
You could offer to run errands or do their grocery shopping or even have food delivered directly to their home.
This small act of kindness might seem minor to you, but providing a family with groceries for a week – or even a month – could be life-changing to a struggling family.
As a bonus, with every kind act you can share the Gospel with those you serve.
Who knows, you might just lead someone to Christ!
Satisfying Spiritual Needs
The pandemic has been hard for Christians, but at least we can turn to God as our source of strength.
But for those who don’t know Christ and His eternal promise of salvation, this trying time can seem unbearable.
After all, without the living hope of Christ, what else is there to look forward to?
While some people may still be hesitant to gather in small groups or come to your home for a meal, you can still share the Gospel.
For those who aren’t comfortable meeting in person, you could drop off a Christmas card with your contact information and let them know you are available should they need you.
You could end your note with asking how you might pray for them and to contact you anytime for prayer.
Or even better, you could drop off information and help connect them to a local church – even provide an online streaming option should they not feel comfortable around a crowd just yet.
If they end up calling you for prayer, you might be able to lead a Bible study over the phone with them or even via Zoom!
Always Share the Gospel
In everything you do, look for a chance to share the Gospel.
The goal isn’t to point your neighbors to you as a source of relief – but to Christ.
Whether it’s gifting them a Bible or sending them an encouraging email with Scripture – you can do your part.
And finally, remember your non-Christian neighbors are always watching how you behave!
If you are kind and loving to your family and consistently live out the Gospel – they will take notice. And you can use your life as a way to point them to how Christ gives you strength and hope.
So rest assured, even if you feel as though you can’t do ministry during this pandemic season like you typically do – know that you can make a difference right in your own neighborhood.
The creative possibilities are truly endless.
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