Shelter in the Time of Storm

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God…

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

As African people, our ministry is holistic, touching the spirit, our relationships, our minds as well as the practical economic and physical realities we are now facing. We are encouraged by our ancestors who faced even more challenging times than these, with even fewer resources than we now have.  They made a way out of no way. So will we!! We hope that the resources provided here will help you and your family to survive and even thrive as we “shelter in this time of storm.”

Words of Encouragement

Worship Life

Crossing the Red Sea

14 Then the Lord said to Moses: Tell the Israelites to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall camp opposite it, by the sea. Pharaoh will say of the Israelites, “They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has closed in on them.” I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, so that I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army; and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the minds of Pharaoh and his officials were changed toward the people, and they said, “What have we done, letting Israel leave our service?” So he had his chariot made ready, and took his army with him; he took six hundred picked chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt and he pursued the Israelites, who were going out boldly. The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, his chariot drivers and his army; they overtook them camped by the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.

10 As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16 But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. 17 Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.”

19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 20 It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. 22 The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. 24 At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. 25 He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

The Pursuers Drowned

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. 29 But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Exodus 14

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Resources from Friends and Family

Need to get some exercise? Talema Cannon is offering  an AfroCardio Exercise Class on Monday evenings at 7pm. You can join from Instagram here or Facebook here.


Community Resources

Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Test Scheduling Site where any Georgian, regardless of symptoms, may schedule a COVID-19 test: here

Link to City of Atlanta COVID-19 information: here

Link to DeKalb County COVID-19 information: here

Link to United Way 2-1-1 COVID-19 Assistance: here.

2-1-1 is a full-service contact center which connects people to the assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living as well as those that develop during emergencies. United Way 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in 140 different languages. You can connect to 2-1-1 by:

  • Texting the keyword “211od” to 898-211 to receive CoronaVirus resources. You can also text 211od to 898-211 to find resources available to you in your zip code.
  • Dialing 2-1-1 and speak with a Community Connection Specialist
  • Visiting 211online: unitedwayatlanta.org and search our comprehensive database or chat with a Community Connection Specialist
  • Emailing a Community Connection Specialist at contact 211@unitedwayatlanta.org

Stay connected with free or low-cost Internet service through Everyone On. Click the link and select the criteria that apply to your household. The site lists offers available through both Comcast and AT&T.

FOOD RESOURCES
YMCAs across the metro-area are distributing meals for early learners, families and seniors. See the full list here.
At the South DeKalb YMCA, a drive thru pick up snack and dinner is available from 2-4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Seniors can pick up on Thursday from 2-4. The South DeKalb YMCA is located at 2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur, Georgia 30034.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has more than 50 sites for food distribution. Click here for that list.

APS FOOD DISTRIBUTION
APS has streamlined meal distribution to provide meals each Monday rather than 5 days per week. Students can receive five-day meal bags, containing five breakfast meals and five lunch meals each Monday. Those meals will be available at the 10 APS school sites via drive through and walk up. Those five-day breakfast and lunch meals will be delivered through the bus delivery service on Monday. Please check the APS website for the route schedule).

A bag of weekly groceries will also be available to families at the five anchor sites (Bunche Middle School, Cleveland Avenue Elementary School, Douglass High School, Phoenix Academy, and Sylvan Hills Middle School).

If you would like to volunteer at any APS food distribution sites, please click here to use this sign up genius.

DEKALB COUNTY FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Meals for students are being distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students will receive a two-day meal package on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Meals can be picked up at 21 meal sites as well as 9 recreation centers. Bus meal delivery also follows this plan of meal service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Check here for the bus distribution points and delivery route schedule.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is providing staple food items for DeKalb families on a weekly basis at the following school sites:
Sequoyah Middle School
Jolly Elementary
Idlewood Elementary
Chapel Hill Middle
Early Learning Center at Terry Mill

CHANGES TO SNAP RULES and BENEFITS
Some SNAP rules have changed because of COVID 19, and the new rules could allow you to receive important benefits during the crisis. Contact the Benefits Outreach team of Atlanta Food Bank at (678) 553-5917 to find out if you qualify.

1) SNAP households may receive a supplemental benefit (more than the regular monthly amount) for the months of March and April 2020. If you just enrolled in SNAP, you may still receive the benefit for the time that you have been on the program. Extra benefits will be loaded to the EBT card automatically.

2) No SNAP recipients are required to file evidence of work through the end of May 2020. If you lost SNAP benefits because of work requirements, you may be eligible now.

3) The re-certification deadline for current SNAP households has been extended by 6 months. Households that were required to re-certify (re-apply) for SNAP in March, April, May, June, July or August of 2020 will have their deadline automatically extended six months past the original deadline.

4) GA DFCS has closed many of its physical offices to prevent transmission of the virus. You are encouraged to apply online or request an application over the phone. In-person visits to DFCS may only be permitted with an appointment.

5) Other benefit programs, like Medicaid, school meals, and WIC, also have new rules because of COVID 19. Even if you were not eligible for these programs in the past, you may be able to receive them on an emergency basis. Call Atlanta Community Food Bank at (678) 553-5917 for more information.

Not sure whether these rules apply to you or your family? The Atlanta Community Food Bank can help. Call (678) 553-5917 or email benefits@acfb.org to get information right away.

EVICTION ISSUES
If you have been served with an eviction notice or are being evicted, please contact Darrius Woods from Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) at dwoods@avlf.org. He is working remotely and can help guide you.

Georgia Legal Aid also has a resource list that may be helpful: https://www.georgialegalaid.org/resource/covid-19-resource-list

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Unemployment applications can be submitted online here: https://dol.georgia.gov/ or call your local career center to apply by phone. The career center locator is online here: https://dol.georgia.gov/locations/career-center

SAFETY OF LOVED ONES IN LONG TERM CARE
If you have concerns about the safety and well being of a spouse, parent or other loved one living in a nursing home, contact the Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at 1 866 552 4464 or visit https://georgiaombudsman.org


Memory Verse

31B “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

John 8:31B-32 (NRSV)

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