How is COVID-19 impacting you?

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Mar 25 2020 7:57 AM

As we are all in this worldwide crisis, I've been wondering how it has been impacting Logos users. Here are some of the questions that have been on my mind.

  1. Are you working from home now when you used to work in an office?
  2. Has it impacting your regular purchasing of Faithlife products?
  3. Do you now have more time for study and reading?
  4. Are you thinking of creative ways to minister to hurting people around you?

Personally, I am now required to work from home as our office is deemed as a non-essential service. As our income will also be reduced purchasing more books is less likely. I've been more intentional about trying to use this time as an opportunity to look for ways to practically encourage others. A word aptly spoken can bring healing to those who hear.

May the Lord give us all wisdom in these challenging times.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 25 2020 8:22 AM

Lucky, here. Our little town is inherently socially-distanced (hiking, biking, etc) and the oldies a high percent (me, and seniors on edge). The cost here is the businesses, and low-end workers. And the seniors, that really, really need social support. So, we're purposely spending in the businesses, contracting house-repairs, and chatting up the seniors ... special shopping days are a great opportunity.

"I didn't know God made honky tonk angels."

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Mike Tourangeau | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 25 2020 8:50 AM

I would appreciate your prayers. My son (16 years) left for South Africa on a missions trip shortly before this blew up. We have been working on getting him home but it turned out the original flight (today) was the safest with no layovers in Europe. 

So we are awaiting his return to Toronto airport and then we as a family will be in isolation for 2 weeks. It will be good to have him home, pray that no body on the team has any symptoms or there is no flight home! 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 25 2020 9:40 AM

Bruce Dunning:
May the Lord give us all wisdom in these challenging times.

Praying for God's Grace & Peace to be abundant (including safe travels & family fellowships) along with hearts turning to God when worldly distractions are distanced. Likewise praying what to do & say while remembering Proverbs 3:5-8 (with many daily prayers for lots of people while being cognizant of my age placing me at higher risk for sickness so staying at home is prudent).

Social distancing is providing the opportunity for many to experience lockdown separation, which happens inside prison (some have had no contact with their families for years). Yet a number inside Thank God for time to get closer to God. Prison ministry is spiritually rich. Praying for this virus to be kept out of prisons where social distancing is impossible (by design prisons have dense population housing).

While remembering some sports have tradition of growing facial hair, am allowing a goatee to grow so my hand touching chin feels a bit different (pray reminder for many locked down).

March Madness provided opportunity for my wallet to cry Crying some (while Thankful for Faithlife customer service retroactively processing 2020 Connect coupon).

Keep Smiling Smile

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 25 2020 1:14 PM

1. Yes I am working from home. Usually spend the day in the office.

2. No. I have been scaling back on purchases for some time.

3. Not sure. Done more reading today. More relaxed and rested.

4. Trying to keep in touch with my members using WhatsApp, phone and Microsoft Teams.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 3:58 AM

Thanks for asking Bruce.

Bruce Dunning:
1. Are you working from home now when you used to work in an office?

Yes, first week of now working from home now. VPN to access work network and then remote desktop into my desktop tower at work as it has licensed analytics software on it for which the license is tied to the deskop so I could not install it on the small desktop i brought home and a Citrix connection to the ERP software we use, and then Microsoft Teams for meetings, chat etc. Even did some collaboration with someone yesterday where they shared their desktop on teams and i was able to take control of it to assist them with some spreadsheet issues. All seems to be going smoothly.  

Bruce Dunning:
2. Has it impacting your regular purchasing of Faithlife products?

Definitely having an impact - basically none moving forward.  The threat of a full lockdown in Australia looms which will potentially put me out of work for the period of the lock-down. 

Bruce Dunning:
3. Do you now have more time for study and reading?

While I continue to have employment the answer is no but if we go into a full lockdown then the answer would change to yes. While more time for study and reading in isolation sounds attractive having it but no income is not appealing so I hope my answer does not become Yes, but ultimately my hope is in Christ and i know there is more to life than this life we now live, as significant as it is to each of us in the here and now, i wait in hope for the life that is to come in the not yet.

Bruce Dunning:
Are you thinking of creative ways to minister to hurting people around you?

While I still have work time is obviously limited to do any more than normal so just really trying to stay in touch with people, checking in regularly with those most significant to me, and reaching out to those who may not be as significant but I know their situations well enough to know they might need a bit of encouragement and also to some for whom life has got in the way of us staying in contact - reminding them they are thought of still even its been a while since we engaged. 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 4:00 AM

Business as usual for me as a bi-vocational preacher.  Thank God in my job we are considered essential to stay open during this pandemic.  For church related stuff, I’ve always worked from home.  Purchasing wise, I only get what I can afford, so no real impact.  I still spend the same amount of time studying.  I reach out with phone calls and social media.  People meet in their houses during this quarantine times and I do a lesson via internet.

We’re still praying for this thing to go away!

DAL

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Daniel Bender | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 4:20 AM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):
while being cognizant of my age placing me at higher risk for sickness so staying at home is prudent

I always enjoy your helpful, thoughtful posts and assumed you were a young person wise beyond your years. Thank you for your positive outlook and your focus on Jesus.

Blessings,

Daniel Bender

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Daniel Bender | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 5:40 AM

1. Are you working from home now when you used to work in an office?                                                                                                                I am working a little more from my office at a retirement center. I serve as a pastor of a small church and as a chaplain at a retirement complex (we have duplexes, apartments, assisted living, and a nursing home). With covid 19 the homes are closed to visitors but my job is considered essential. I do a lot of one on one visits seeking to encourage the residents and staff (of course wearing PPE). One new thing is that I give a short daily devotional and pray over our PA system. The visiting keeps me quite busy and it is tiring work.

2. Has it impacting your regular purchasing of Faithlife products?                                                                                                                           I am a long time Logos user and have a large library so am not purchasing as much as I have in years past. This was the first year that I have not purchased anything from March Madness, mainly because I already own many of the items on sale.

3-4. Do you now have more time for study and reading? Are you thinking of creative ways to minister to hurting people around you?          I haven't had more time for reading or study as my chaplain's schedule is now much busier. Our church is not technologically up to speed but we are working on being able to put videos of my messages online beginning this week. I am also sending out daily emails to our entire congregation with prayer requests and suggestions on how to be of help to those around them. 

Grace and Peace

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 5:52 PM

We reluctantly followed the President's advice and suspended services for 2 weeks—hopefully it will not be longer.

Bruce Dunning:
Are you working from home now when you used to work in an office?

Since I literally live in the church, there was no change on this front. Well, the sanctuary is across the vestibule from by back door.

Bruce Dunning:
Has it impacting your regular purchasing of Faithlife products?

No. I still spend too much on FL resources Embarrassed

Bruce Dunning:
Do you now have more time for study and reading?

Yes, but I would rather be teaching and preaching.

Bruce Dunning:
Are you thinking of creative ways to minister to hurting people around you?

 I make it a practice for me or my wife to contact each member at least once a week. Since this is a small congregation, we can do that.

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Jonathan Bradley | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 6:51 PM

Good evening! 

Yes, I am working from home right now, however, I generally work more from my home office than the church one (which is right next door). We already homeschool, so all of that really hasn't made a big difference, except that my wife works at the local school, so she's home a lot more.

No, it hasn't hurt my regular purchasing of faithlife items, because "Regular" for me is maybe once or twice a month. Sometimes less.

No, I don't have more time. I wish I did. 

The main way I am ministering to those around me is through phone calls and a video series I am doing daily with basic Bible study content called "Discipleship on the God". I post it to Facebook, Twitter, I email it out, and text it out to everyone. 

-Jon 

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Jerimiah Keller | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 27 2020 6:34 PM

Same here, we now have to stay home and we can only go out to buy basic necessities. 

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Jerimiah Keller | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 27 2020 6:38 PM

We now too have to stay home and we can only go out to buy basic necessities. 

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Jerimiah Keller | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 27 2020 6:44 PM

We now too have to stay home and we can only go out to buy basic necessities. Stay home and be safe everyone.

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Genghis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 28 2020 10:24 PM

Hi Bruce

Thx. Good questions 

Are you working from home now when you used to work in an office?

No. Already working from home .

Has it impacting your regular purchasing of Faithlife products?

Yep. Revenue uncertainty over the next few months means reducing expenditure across the board.  Collapse in real estate prices poss. Unemployed over 50 will struggle to find jobs.  Ageism is alive and well .

Do you now have more time for study and reading?

Yes.

Are you thinking of creative ways to minister to hurting people around you?

Lots of calling others esp elderly and on their own just to say a few words of encouragement .

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Chrisser | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 7:09 AM

please pray for me. i'm one of those immune compromised people.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 8:30 AM

Are you working from home now when you used to work in an office?

Yes.  I'm fortunate in that I can work from home, so my income hasn't been affected.  The timing was odd, because I'm in the process of changing jobs.  Going to work for a new employer - while working remotely - is something I've never done before.  Working from home has its advantages.  (I do miss getting lunch from the food trucks downtown.)

Has it impacting your regular purchasing of Faithlife products?

Not yet.  I'm a regular purchaser, but I'm not spending more than $100 most months.

Do you now have more time for study and reading?

Not so far. I work with health insurance in my day job, so this is a busy time for me.

Are you thinking of creative ways to minister to hurting people around you?

I'm part of the leadership team for a small congregation that's having to learn how to do everything remotely.  It's very much a work in progress.

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Steve Maling | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 1:15 PM

Hi, Chrisser, as an "over 80" with an "underlying condition" I'm happy to include you in my prayersSmile

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Michael S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 2:52 PM

Hey Bruce.  I work full time as a Quality Engineer for a Honda Supplier.  We have ceased production to mirror Honda.  As a salaried employee, they had us working last week, while the hourly associates are drawing unemployment.  This coming week (tomorrow), I will work M and T, but they are requiring all salaried associates to use PTO for the remainder of the week.  Not how I want to use my time needless to say.  I dont know beyond next week.

We have been on the Dave Ramsey plan for a year, so books are not in the budget.  I did get to add $8 to my birthday coupon and get a book I wanted.

I am trying to fit more study in with the time off, but with the kids home it is proving to be difficult- as I have an almost 4 year old.

As a deacon in my church I have been contacting my assigned families weekly to check on them.  Also, our pastors are putting services online to stream at the normal times... so we are all social media and digital these days.

Take care brothers and sisters.  Let us pray for each other during this time.

SDG

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 3:13 PM

Michael S.:

Take care brothers and sisters.  Let us pray for each other during this time.

Amen to that.

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