Just as the destitute widow from Zarephath fed Elijah, so we are called to help those who are without other resources during this COVID-19 pandemic. 1 Kings 17:8-24
In March, our churches suspended services and entered a time of great uncertainty and anxiety about the future. For many congregations the situation was dire.
Out of this need, the Zarephath Emergency Relief Fund was launched by the New England Conference, the United Methodist Foundation of New England, and the Preachers’ Aid Society.
Folks from across the NEAC connection opened their hearts and wallets to assist the most vulnerable congregations among us. As of Sept. 10, almost $70,000 of emergency assistance has been distributed through 46 grants.
As our understanding of operating in the time of COVID-19 has grown, the Zarephath Emergency Relief Fund has served its purpose and all remaining funds (about $6,000) are expected to be used in the coming weeks.
Thank you to all of the program partners and everyone who contributed. We also extend a very special thanks to the Zarephath grant review team from across New England, who faithfully meet weekly to review each grant. The team includes: Evie Doyon, Anne Marie Hunter, Young Hart, Cathy MacGovern, Alicia Reeves-Freeman, and Rene Perez.
We thank God for our connection through which this needed emergency assistance is being provided.
Read more about the creation of the Zarephath Emergency Relief Fund