Pastor Jamal Bryant & New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Postpones COVID-19 Testing Event Previously Scheduled for Today…

Hello World,

In this Coronavirus Crisis, we are learning to be flexible, if anything, particularly when it comes to previously scheduled events. According to the AJC, “the Stonecrest megachurch said New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Texas-based RoweDocs  planned to provide drive-thru coronavirus testing for 1,000 people this weekend on the church’s Stonecrest campus. The testing was planned to be split evenly over Saturday and Sunday and those tested should know the results in about 24 hours.”

Additionally, according to the AJC, “established in 2014, RoweDocs is African-American owned telemedicine company. Bryant  said there are so many people of color  living on the margins without adequate access to health services or little or no health issues, that this was the right thing to do.”

However, if you live in Georgia, you know that Gov. Brian Kemp recently issued an executive order for the state to shelter in place and so Pastor Jamal Bryant and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have had a change of plans, according to its Facebook page. See the announcement below.

I applaud the church’s effort though. Y’all, we gotta keep praying that this Coronavirus Crisis will come to an end and soon…Have mercy on us Lord…

Any thought?

Love Beyond Walls Installs Portable Sinks Throughout Atlanta So That Homeless People Can Wash Their Hands Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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We’ve heard over and over again that washing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, but for homeless people, that guideline is particularly challenging. If you have a home, you can wash your hands in your sink, but if you don’t have a home, it’s unlikely that you have a sink. And with only essential business operating at the moment (at least here in metro Atlanta), fewer public sinks are available than even before.

But Atlanta’s Love Beyond Walls is addressing this challenge through it’s Love Sinks In campaign in which the ministry will install portable sinks throughout the city that homeless people can use. Christian rapper Lecrae is one of the supporters of this campaign. According to the Love Beyond Walls website, it costs about $100 to build a sink and its goal is to install 100 sinks around the city. You can support Love Sinks In by clicking HERE.

Below is a Palm Sunday update about the Love Sinks In campaign from Terence Lester, executive director of Love Beyond Walls.

Any thoughts?

Pennsylvania Pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth Ignores Social Distancing Recommendations, Plans ‘Outdoor Easter Blowout Service’

 

Hello World,

As today is Palm Sunday, pastors throughout the country and possibly the world are and have been altering their Easter Sunday service plans due to the spread of COVID-19. Many will likely have online services or as I noted in a previous post, drive-in services. However, Pennsylvania Pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth is ignoring social distancing recommendations and having an “outdoor Easter blowout service,” according to The Hill.

“A Pennsylvania pastor earlier this week announced plans to hold an “outdoor Easter blowout service” that he compared to the likes of Woodstock, despite federal guidelines urging the public to avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jonathan Shuttlesworth, a televangelist based around Pittsburgh and founder of the Revival Today ministry, made the announcement in a video he posted to his YouTube page on Monday titled “The Rodney Howard-Browne Tribute Special.”

The program was named after the Florida pastor who was arrested earlier this week and charged with unlawful assembly and violation of the public health rules for hosting two large services amid the outbreak at a megachurch in Tampa on Sunday.”

Read the rest HERE.

Any thoughts?