March 26, 2020 | From IFA Staff
With all of us spending most of our days in our homes, our regular opportunities to bless others, meet together, and interact with other humans besides our families, is all but dried up. How can we look for non-contact ways to encourage others and offer hope when we aren’t seeing other people? Let’s get creative! We have compiled a list of ideas of how you can offer hope in these strange days. You will probably have a few ideas of your own–be sure and share them in the comments at the end of the article. And check out the Covid-19 Prayer Wall–nearly a hundred thousand prayers have been posted.
- Create a sign to place in your window with a simple message. “Find Hope in Christ” or “God’s Love Never Fails”
- Share positive and uplifting memes on social media. As we all know, social media is a hotbed for rumors, panic and fear. Share a hopeful message that will be a welcome message. IFA has compiled a huge library of positive uplifting memes – visit our Facebook page and scroll through our posts and SHARE to place them on your own page.
- This one is great if you have kids: on a walk, bring along sidewalk chalk. Intermittently write out messages of hope or scripture for others to encounter as they are walking. Keep them short and easy to read. And if you have time, add some great kid art to go along with it! (And if you don’t have kids, this is still a great creative way to place messages of hope, peace, and God’s love on walking trails, sidewalks and even parking lots.) Share below in the comments what you would write out on sidewalks…
- Fly your American flag. This isn’t necessarily spiritual, but it is a message of solidarity and unity with others in our nation.
- Make an appointment to drive by the windows of a nursing home or care center with happily decorated vehicles. (Another great activity with kids.) Invite your friends to participate. Each one of you is safely in your vehicles, but you can make your own parade! Decorate with posters, window markers, balloons–whatever you have to make things look fun. You can even drive by several different facilities in one outing.
- Write notes to hospital staff, police officers, postal workers, grocery employees and more. Write a letter, thank them for their work in these times, let them know you are praying for them.
- If you live in an area where cars and walkers would see a sign in your yard, create a message and post it so it can offer hope to all who pass by.
- Reach out by phone to those in your neighborhood or on your phone list who may be alone. Encourage them. Pray with them if you are led.
- Create a video on your social media page. Simply Facebook LIVE a message of hope, read a scripture, or offer a prayer. People will love being able to see another live person! A great way to stay in touch with others, and give people a personal touch they are likely craving.
- SHARE the resources, posts, and teachings from IFA. Some of your friends may not have visited our website to see the plethora of resources that are available not only for intercession for the nation but also in the Covid-19 crisis.
10 ideas for reaching out with hope–now, share your ideas and messages below!