COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update – March 22, 2020

I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

The global and national landscape around COVID-19 continues to change rapidly. As an international development organization, we understand the risk this pandemic poses, not only to Canadians, but to people around the world. I think of the incredibly vulnerable children and families we serve overseas, who don’t have access to the medical care they need, and I pray for them often.

Prayer is vital, especially at times like these. And I invite you to join the Hope and Healing staff in remembering the poorest children and families of the world. But we aren’t only praying. We are also continuing our work of bringing God’s practical love to families caught in the cycle of poverty and disability.

Our office is located in Ontario, and the province has declared a state of emergency. Even before that decision, our organization had put precautionary measures in place to keep our staff as safe as possible.

As of today, March 22, we have made the decision to close our physical office for the next 3 weeks. Nevertheless, we will continue to operate our business. Staff will work from home, as we continue our vital services on behalf of children and families who are especially vulnerable at this time – and as we keep communication channels open with our wonderful and faithful supporters from coast to coast to coast.

We have made the decision to suspend fundraising and supporter activities that involve direct face-to-face interaction or group meetings.

We are in regular contact with our partners on the front-line with the children and families we serve. They, like us, are concerned about the impact of this pandemic on the poorest families.

As an organization, we are cautious and concerned, but we aren’t afraid. We claim God’s goodness and power, even in the face of adversity.

These times are unprecedented. I know that there are many in need, both locally and globally. As an international organization that works directly with people in poverty with disability, we understand that those with the greatest risk live in areas where there is little medical treatment or clean water.

Many people who live in poverty with disability don’t have anyone to advocate for them. They are often left behind in times of crisis.

Yet it’s these people who need our care, now more than ever.

That’s why our work doesn’t stop in pandemics like this. That’s why we still show up to work each day.

We lean in to provide the resources and care that the most vulnerable need. We continue to work with our local and global partners to share the love of Jesus. We will continue our work…

Because no one should be forgotten.

Ed Epp
Executive Director
Hope and Healing International