COVID-19 

Aloha Door of Faith Honolulu,

I have been reading, watching and listening to the ways that churches around our country and here in Hawai'i are responding to this pandemic that was declared a National Emergency by our President yesterday and today tweeted that he is calling for Sunday, March 15 to be a National Day of Payer.

The unprecedented steps being take by our government, various businesses and institutions of public interests require that we too look prayerfully at what is going on around us and to respond with faith and wisdom.
 
The health and safety of every member of our church is always our highest priority. We want to take every responsible step to maintain a safe place to worship, fellowship, and build our faith in the Word of God. We have been carefully tracking Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), especially as it relates to our state, community, church.
While we have to acknowledge the facts about COVID-19, we do have a choice to either respond in fear or faith. Let’s choose to put our trust in God who is our refuge, our fortress, and our deliverer who will deliver us from the perilous pestilence.

 We believe in God and Psalm 91 speaks to us and for us; We believe in God and Psalm 91 speaks to us and for us;
Psalm 91 (NCV)
91 Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.” 3 God will save you from hidden traps and from deadly diseases. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. 5 You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day.
6 You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon. 7 At your side one thousand people may die, or even ten thousand right beside you, but you will not be hurt. 8 You will only watch and see the wicked punished.
9 The Lord is your protection; you have made God Most High your place of safety.
10 Nothing bad will happen to you; no disaster will come to your home. 11 He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go. 12 They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock. 13 You will walk on lions and cobras; you will step on strong lions and snakes.
14 The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save. I will protect those who know me.
15 They will call to me, and I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue them and honor them. 16 I will give them a long, full life, and they will see how I can save.”

There are however, steps we can take to minimize the spread of Covid-19 that we should take seriously!  Please take these steps immediately….
 
1. Pray and let the peace of God guard your hearts against fear and anxiety. Ask God to fill you with His perfect love to cast out all fears.
2. Pray for God’s help to guide governments, agencies, institutions, families and individuals to act wisely and effectively to minimize exposure to the disease.  Pray also for a divine intervention against the disease.
3. Stay home if you have any symptoms of respiratory illness and avoid close contact with others.  Please don’t come to church if you have a fever or cough. If you have these symptoms, contact your health provider: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
4. Wash your hands frequently (although not obsessively) for at least 20 seconds, especially after shaking hands with people.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
6. Cover your coughs to avoid spreading the virus. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
7. Minimize physical contact (hugging, handshakes, etc.) with casual acquaintances, substituting a polite nod or other gesture instead of handshakes.
8. Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are needed as a caregiver to someone suffering from the disease, do not return to public activity until you are cleared by medical personnel to do so.
 
At Door of Faith Honolulu, we will be meeting in our regular times on Sunday March 15 and will be watching and praying!  We love you all!

Pastor John