For the past four years, Éleos has served and equipped residents in the Nicholtown community to embrace their God-given potential. We’ve chosen this work because we don’t believe socio-economic barriers should keep anyone from becoming the person God created them to be.
The COVID-19 epidemic has impacted all of us, but it has uniquely impacted the most vulnerable in our midst. Nicholtown is home to a large elderly population who, due to limited access to transportation and food, are especially at risk to the virus. With school out of session, there is also an increased need for at-home tutoring. We want to make sure our students don’t fall further behind academically as they fight to learn online, care for younger siblings, and create healthy structures that have been lost in the absence of a regular school schedule. Our neighborhood needs us now more than ever—and we need you more than ever before!
To serve our community during this critical time, we’re organizing the following coordinated relief efforts:
- We’ve created a communication network among elderly residents in the neighborhood to identify needs and deliver groceries right to their door.
- We’ve connected almost 20 volunteers to the students in our program to continue tutoring services online.
- We’re staying in constant communication with our students through texts and calls, encouraging them and ensuring they don’t feel alone during this difficult time. Our volunteers are also writing weekly notes of encouragement, and we’re making sure none of our students feels overlooked on their birthday—even if that means dropping off a birthday cake and singing from a distance 🙂
Here’s how you can help:
- Please give.
These relief efforts have created increased financial burdens on our ministry during an already difficult time. We’re committed to serving our neighbors and fighting for the most vulnerable in our midst. Your generosity makes all the difference. As the threat level increases for COVID-19, we feel it best to limit the number of grocery donations. Instead, we’re asking everyone to give through our online platform. This will allow us to see what groceries we have on hand and identify the items we still need. From there, we’ll make purchases and deliveries while being careful to keep our team and our neighbors safe.
- Please pray.
Please join us in praying for our community. Feel free to use the prayer guide below if you would like to align your heart to ours as we pray.
A Prayer Guide
Prayer for physical safety.
We’re praying that the Lord would provide safety for the families in our community – specifically the older and more vulnerable individuals in our midst. May the God of mercy keep them healthy during this season.
Prayer for perspective.
All trials provide an opportunity for a fresh perspective. May the students and families we serve feel seen and cared for by God and His people. May they not feel overlooked one bit. May they feel like they are priority number one for the household of faith, because of the priority of our heavenly Father. In God’s economy, the vulnerable and marginalized are front and center. May it be so with us, and may it be seen and experienced by our community.
Prayer for neighbor love over individualism.
Moments like these become an opportunity for a survival mentality that leads to individualism and self-centeredness. May the Nicholtown community lean in to its potential for thoughtful, merciful, neighbor love. That’s a difficult thing when we cannot be proximate to each other, but may the Lord lead us to thoughtful ways of serving each other with wisdom and love.
Prayer for progress w/ school work.
It would be so easy for our students to get behind during this season of e-learning. May we be an encouragement to them and a tangible resource to help them stay on top of their homework. May they utilize the time they have to get their work done, and bring their grades up.
Prayer for peace
This season will no doubt bring internal and external chaos. It’s easy to think that life is spiraling and there is no doubt a temptation to spiral with it. May the God of peace give the Nicholtown community internal and external peace. May each person lie down in peace, trusting God alone makes them dwell in safety. May they all fight for peace within their community. May they reject the enemies temptation towards violence and chaos during an unstructured and panicked time.
“Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.”