A Step of Faith Amid a Pandemic
Some people who were in more science-oriented jobs, they knew the coronavirus was going to be a big deal, but the average people in the church, they thought it was a bad flu. Houses of worship have sadly been at the center of numerous outbreaks of COVID-19. COVID-19 has disrupted the business of the world and forced billions of people worldwide to step outside of their normal routines. For many, this means that life has slowed down considerably.
- An Assemblies of God Church in Newcastle, Texas, felt the hand of God upon them as the pandemic surged, affecting the well-being of their rural community.
- Tori and Austin Burton, pastors of Christian Hope Church, decided to help their community of 570 residents by investing 10,000 in their care, a commitment they made in November and December.
- The good work began with the church electing to pay the school lunch debt of every resident with a child in kindergarten through 12th grade.
“That proved to be no small step of faith when many in the church faced financial uncertainty. A $10,000 pledge represented 10 percent of the annual budget at Christian Hope, a church of 80 regular attendees. In addition, the average household income in this blue-collar community is around $30,000 below the Texas average.”