Mission on the margins

Mission on the margins: A proposal for an alternative missional paradigm in the wake of COVID-19

Buhle Mpofu - January 2021 The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic paralysed all aspects of human lives and transformed systems, cultures, businesses and institutions as communities grappled to stay safe from the deadly COVID-19. The existential desire for safety and shunning precarious situations prompted the need to delimit spaces we inhabit, as governments ordered lockdowns and closed borders as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus and fast track ‘contact tracing’. Demarcating territories through ‘stay at home’ instructions and regulations restricted travelling to essential services. The global threat presented by COVID-19 resulted in one of the worst socioeconomic disruptions in modern history, leaving a devastating impact and configuring the world in a scale never imagined before. As infections and deaths peaked, most countries introduced a lockdown and millions of jobs were lost; universities, schools, colleges and Technikons remained closed; oil prices plunged to critical levels and global trade was estimated to decline by 32% in 2020 (CNN 2020). Read more
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Footsteps communicable diseases

Footsteps communicable diseases

 Tearfund - Jude Collins – Editor  - December 2020

We all become unwell from time to time, sometimes from illnesses that are passed on from person to person. These are called ‘communicable’ diseases and include common coughs and colds as well as more serious illnesses such as Covid-19, HIV, malaria and Ebola.

In this edition of Footsteps we discuss how to reduce the spread and impact of communicable diseases, including the impact on children (page 11), mental health (page 14) and people living  with disabilities (page 10). We consider how to support people who are unwell (page 20) and learn lessons from Ebola and HIV (pages 8

and 16).

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Guidance for Faith Communities

Guidance for Faith Communities

World Vision - December 2020

Faith leaders have a central role in guiding their members towards healthy behaviour change and providing spiritual, pastoral and practical support to those in need. There are seven important actions that faith leaders and faith communities of all traditions can take to protect life, reduce the spread of the virus and keep the community strong. Each of these seven actions is described in more detail through this document. Please always follow your national government guidelines an refer to the WHO recommendations for religious leaders.

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COVID-19 AFTERSHOCKS

COVID-19 AFTERSHOCKS

World Vision - December 2020

COVID-19 is not currently perceived as a major threat to children, particularly because of the relatively low  number of girls and boys believed to have contracted the disease. Severe infections are rare and, according to the University of Oxford, child deaths have, to date, been relatively few. But such positive statistics mask a much bigger threat to the world’s youngest citizens. Based on evidence from the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, millions of girls and boys in the world’s poorest and most fragile places are facing disastrous “secondary” impacts from the pandemic that will put their lives and their futures at risk.

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A perfect storm – aftershocks

A perfect storm - Aftershocks

World Vision - December 2020

COVID-19 poses a grave threat to the world’s children. As we showed in our previous report, while the mortality rate for healthy children infected by the virus has been lower than for adults and those with pre-existing conditions, 30 million are still at risk of illness and death. It is the indirect effects and impacts of this disease that pose a clear and present danger to children, particularly the most vulnerable. Read more
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Facing Loss during COVID-19

Facing Loss during COVID-19

Humanitarian Disaster Institute - November 2020

Benjamin Andrews

This HDI (Humanitarian Disaster Institute) tip sheet offers research-based insight on how to holistically care for yourself during this season. You can find even more tip sheets with insight on how to provide spiritual and emotional care for yourself and other during COVID-19 at spiritualfirstaidhub.com. Read more
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Efca Churches – end Covid for all

Efca Churches - End Covid for all

SHARING THE CAMPAIGN WITH YOUR CHURCH

We’ve created five resources you can use to share this in your Church. Depending on how long you have in a service, you may want to use all of these, or just a few of them. We’ve created these as digital resources so that they can be used in an online church service or in person:

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Preventing the Spread of Sickness

Preventing the Spread of Sickness

© 2020 Accessible Hope International

www.AccessibleHope.org

TIME: 1 hour

OBJECTIVES:

  • Participants will understand the way that germs are spread through respiratory and
  • droplet transmission
  • Participants will understand the importance of soap in the elimination of viral germs
  • Participants will be able to name 5 practices for preventing the spread of respiratory
  • viruses to others 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • A bowl of water (preferably with a light-colored interior, like white or yellow)
  • Black pepper
  • Soap (preferably the more normal kind used in that particular setting)
  • Glitter
  • “Do the 5!” handout
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PUNTOS DE REFLEXIÓN bajo el coronavirus

PUNTOS DE REFLEXIÓN bajo el coronavirus

En unos momentos en que el ser humano se creía grande y poderoso, con avanzadas herramientas de control (telecomunicaciones, militar, espacial), ¿qué supone que un microorganismo altere completamente la estructura del mundo (salud, economía, energía, comercio)? ¿Qué lecciones podemos extraer de este hecho?

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How churches can respond to migrant and daily wage labourers during Covid-19 lockdown

How churches can respond to migrant and daily wage labourers during Covid-19 lockdown

 (EFI, India)

Dear All, At this critical juncture when the world is facing Covid-19, we as a church has to discover what the Lord want us to do as our response. This is in continuation to the EFI Urgent Release sent on March 25, 2020 with the subject: “Fighting COVID-19 during Lent: Prayer, Relief, Restoring Hope”. We are thankful for the government in caring for the people who are infected by the virus. We are looking at how the church could practically work on addressing some specific groups who are affected by the lockdown. We are focusing on the migrant labourers and daily wage labourers (including HIV infected) who are the most affected groups because of the lockdown. Read the article
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