How is COVID-19 impacting you?

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BillS | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 3:47 PM

Bruce Dunning:

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?

Hi Bruce,

  1. Are you working from home now when you used to work in an office?
    The governor of our state has restricted travel; only necessary trips are permitted, so I have to work from home.
  2. Has it impacting your regular purchasing of Faithlife products? 
    Not really; I've been watching sales for years & only pick up niche reference volumes & commentaries.
  3. Do you now have more time for study and reading?
    Actually, less; it's taken much time to figure out virtual worship, including music, for our tiny church. I haven't figured out choir as yet, but we're still experimenting. 
  4. Are you thinking of creative ways to minister to hurting people around you? 
    Since we've moved into e-space for all our activities, we're extending our outreach & are trying to thrive, not just survive.

Grace & Peace,
Bill


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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 5:34 PM

Covid-19 has destroyed my life. I lost my job a while back and the outbreak has stopped me getting a new one on. I am now broke and have zero prospect of finding work for a couple of months which may mean I lose everything. This is Gods will for me though and I am just taking every day as it comes. I have had to claim out of work benefits for the first time in my life. I am now home schooling my children because in the UK all the schools are closed. I have loads of time now to study and read and I am going to make the most of my enforced holiday. It means I can't buy new resources but I have plenty in my too read list. It feels surreal over here in lock down. Everywhere is so quite. Our church is doing on line services via Zoom though so I'm looking forward to starting that. 

I have got to say that I feel blessed though. I have no worries. I know a lot of people are not as fortunate as me. God has taken my load. None of my family have fallen to this biological poison as yet and I now have a lot more time to study and walk into the local moorland (vegitated boggy wilderness) where I talk with my Lord as I rest my mind. 

God bless everyone. 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 7:14 PM

My daughter-in-law just had to deal with her first Covid-19 loss - an elderly family friend who could not tolerate the ventilator because the hospital was out of sedatives and was having problems getting them. Those on the front lines truly need our prayers to remain centered in Christ while dealing with human ineptitude.

For myself, the effect of Covid-19 is primarily (a) hearing from all the kids more frequently and (b) having to plan meals longer in advance because of 3-day rather than 2 hour-1 day delivery. There are distinct advantages to be a bit of a recluse and a retiree.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 8:10 PM

I have been working from home so this is not a new thing. I absolutely hate the fact that the library next door has been closed for the duration, it's the one little oasis this bookworm relished. 

Our congregation isn't meeting as usual so that's just a complete drag. It's family to me. I need to figure out how to properly internet post some material when I get a chance this coming week. 

I haven't cut back on my purchases, but I am looking at them more closely before I commit. I have stuff in Logos open almost all the time now either on my iPad or laptop. 

The mind of man is the mill of God, not to grind chaff, but wheat. Thomas Manton | Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow. Richard Baxter

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 9:14 PM

Chrisser:

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

You are in my prayers.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 29 2020 9:18 PM

Prayers with you and your family, that you each may continue know God's presence, love and care at this time, that he will open doors for a new employment at the right time.

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scooter | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 30 2020 6:24 AM

We were on the Grand Princess.  Our 15 day cruise became 13 days plus 5 days quarantine on the ship, in a holding pattern 50 miles off of San Fran.  We were air lifted to the Trenton, Ontario air base for 14 days of quarantine [hadda sign papers, all legalities jot and tittled], then fly to our home province to self-shelter for 14 more days.

Groceries...Bro- and sis-in-law groceried our place, then drove 2 cars to the airport, ours and theirs, leaving us to drive home our own.  Beautiful people!!!

Groceries on line are 6 days to pick up, and 10 to get delivered.  But, at least we have food.  A volunteer will deliver our groceries to our door.

We do not have Covid, although 13 people at Trenton got it.

I am so, so impressed with the leadership of Governor Cuomo, as he leads NYS thru this crisis.  I watch his press conference / info session daily.  I had many bosses in my working career, but never worked for a leader.

May God bless us in these times.  May we humble ourselves before the cross!!

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Daniel Bender | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 30 2020 7:03 AM

scooter:
I am so, so impressed with the leadership of Governor Cuomo, as he leads NYS thru this crisis.  I watch his press conference / info session daily.

What an ordeal Scooter. So glad you came through your experience well. My wife and I live in WNY and we are also impressed with Governor Cuomo's handling of the Covid 19 pandemic. We enjoy listening to his daily updates; he makes them very personal and informative. 

May God lead many to Hope in His Name!                                          

Blessings

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 30 2020 8:30 AM

I returned from Asia and quarantined 14 days but seem healthy now. My son is a physician facing challenges mentioned above including extended family members with the virus and an elderly aunt who passed away as a result of it.

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 30 2020 9:53 AM

Bruce Dunning:

  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?

1. Yes, from home. Except for funerals, baptisms etc.

2. Somewhat. I've been obliged to buy many video editing softwares etc., since our Church is nowadays online - mostly.

3. No. Unfortunately, rather less time for studying and reading. Preparing messages to be used online is much harder a job than simply streaming online or live preaching at the Church. But all the studying done in Logos comes in handy, now!

4. Trying my best. My learning curve as to digital handling has been huge during the last two weeks. Of course, we deliver food to people's doorposts who belong to the risk groups. But the youth and the teenagers are online - and I couldn't have believed myself saying this: They're complaining about it! Tongue Tied (Who would have guessed!)

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scooter | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 30 2020 10:18 AM

Daniel Bender:

scooter:
I am so, so impressed with the leadership of Governor Cuomo, as he leads NYS thru this crisis.  I watch his press conference / info session daily.

What an ordeal Scooter. So glad you came through your experience well. My wife and I live in WNY and we are also impressed with Governor Cuomo's handling of the Covid 19 pandemic. We enjoy listening to his daily updates; he makes them very personal and informative. 

May God lead many to Hope in His Name!                                          

Blessings

Thanks for your concern, Daniel. May you and your family stay safe.

Yeah, we were up 34 hours overall.  We lined up at the Oakland dock to get our temperature recorded.  We stood there 40 minutes.  Talked to the folks behind and in front of us.  The couple in front of us were quarantined on the plane; the guy grabbed my shoulders, moved me back a bit, and said...We both have to go to the back.  Then the sat behind the plastic curtain on the cargo plane with seats in its sparse hold......The couple behind us disappeared into quarantine after one day with us in the regular quarantine apparatus, segregated on a separate floor on the Trenton airforce base.

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Mike Tourangeau | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 30 2020 4:27 PM

Dave Thawley:
Covid-19 has destroyed my life. I lost my job a while back and the outbreak has stopped me getting a new one on. I am now broke and have zero prospect of finding work for a couple of months which may mean I lose everything. This is Gods will for me though and I am just taking every day as it comes. I have had to claim out of work benefits for the first time in my life. I am now home schooling my children because in the UK all the schools are closed. I have loads of time now to study and read and I am going to make the most of my enforced holiday. It means I can't buy new resources but I have plenty in my too read list. It feels surreal over here in lock down. Everywhere is so quite. Our church is doing on line services via Zoom though so I'm looking forward to starting that. 

Dave, I just prayed for you brother. Glad to see the Lord is sustaining you. 

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 30 2020 5:58 PM

Thanks to all who have explained their situation. I feel for each of you who have been negatively impacted and you are in my prayers. 

May the Lord give each of you the health, strength and wisdom you need for each day.

Stay safe while reaching out to others.

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