Our lockdown for some has been a very traumatic experience, it’s caused people to feel isolated, insecure, afraid, amongst many other emotions as they  face a very uncertain future.

How do we cope with these things? 

Dalia in this video clip shares her Lockdown experience with us today in the following video clip. 

In spite of all her fears and anxieties she was proactive in her situation reaching out to others and became one of many lockdown victims offering hope to others in the Centres of Hope set up in 60% of the churches across Iraq.

How can we be proactive in our lockdown and be a centre of hope for those in  our community?

There is another angle on this that we might like to consider. God has blessed us in Jesus so that we can be a blessing to all the nations and all the tribes of the earth.

In the Bible we have God’s promise to Abraham, 

“I will make you into a great nation,    and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth    will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:1-4

There are two levels to this promise of God:-

  • There is the top line level – “I will bless you”
  • And the bottom line level – “all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you”

Dalia was able to find peace and hope in her lockdown because people prayed for God’s lockdown in Iraq. They sacrificially gave to provide funds to enable the church to set up these centres of hope in 60% of the churches in Iraq. Through their compassionate interest they took God’s blessing to them and shared it so that the nation of Iraq could be blessed.

What a challenge to us today when there are nations that have been affected by covid on top of wars, famines, and many other disasters.

How will we share God’s blessing to us, so that we can be a blessing to these people, giving them hope? Will we share our blessings with these national churches so that they will be blessed also?