Faith on the Frontline with Coronavirus

Hope into Action along with partner churches continues to protect vulnerable families during this challenging time. A note from Ed Walker at H i A: –

I am so proud of our Hope into Action community and our local partner churches on the front line stepping up.  

The generosity and dedication during “lock-down” are inspiring. You, our supporters, our volunteers, our churches and partners are committing to our tenants. Not just gestures, but enduring dedication surrounding people with love, building them up and empowering them to be what they can be. 

People like our tenant, Awal, is no stranger to death. He fled his home country where people died every day. Killed by police on the street.

Nominated for an award at our postponed conference, he did not want you to miss his story. Read AWAL’s story here. We hope you smile with him as he shares how he is loved by the people supporting him. “Hope into Action people, like my family,” he says. 

In that dispatch from the field, Kate, Awal’s Empowerment Worker, shares how from the safety of his Hope into Action home, he can access by phone the network of support that surrounds him at this time. From the NHS mental health specialists to the wonderful friendship of a Hope into Action partner church member.

Another tenant whose job and new accommodation has fallen through because of coronavirus has embraced our welcome back to his Hope into Action house. He asked if he could transform the garden and make a space for growing veg. Within 48 hours, he sent these photos of his new raised beds and herbs planted!
Many of us are looking ahead to how we will come out of this pandemic safely.  For the time being, our church doors remain closed. Church though has never been more open. A third of young adults in the UK have watched or listened to a religious service since lockdown began. How can we make it so everyone can hear the good news?  

Hope into Action are part of a new conversation with the Government about the future of homelessness. It is strengthening our belief that there is now a real opportunity for churches who want to help. We are thinking and praying into this and hope to communicate more with you shortly. Do watch out for our news on that.  

With love 

Ed and Kate and everyone at Hope into Action

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