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COVID-19 RESPONSE

NAZARENES RESPOND IN LOVE

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, together WE are responding with compassion in the name of Jesus. 

 

NCM is already responding globally in the Philippines, Albania, Paraguay, Rwanda, the Dominican Republic, the US and more.

 

  • Food and hygiene distributions for those who are high-risk, isolated or low-income

  • Mental health and social care

  • Spiritual support 

  • Extra financial support for low-income individuals and families

  • Prevention awareness programs to mitigate the spread of the virus

  • Support for children who normally attend child development centres

 

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Live compassion as a lifestyle. We urge Nazarenes to consider safe, creative, and imaginative ways to respond to the needs of family, church family, and neighbours around us - to be the hands and feet of Jesus where we are.  

  • Practice physical distancing but maintain social connectedness.

  • Pray.  Many of us are confined to our homes with extra time on our hands. Let us pray.  Pray for front-line workers, for the sick, for those who have lost loved ones, for protection of the vulnerable, for our government and all those making decisions, for those who have lost jobs and income, for students missing school and who will not have a summer job.

  • Give. Send donations to the National Office at 3657 Ponytrail Drive, Mississauga Ontario, L4X 1W5 or donate online under Disaster Response (Global) or Donate Now button at bottom. Be sure to designate your gift  "COVID-19 Response".

If your church is responding to needs in your community, the Guidelines for Safe Distribution of Food / Non-food Items are listed below for download. If you need the guidelines in French, Spanish, or Portuguese, please see  https://www.ncm.org/covid19#covidstatement under Resources for Churches. 

 

NCM RESPONSE IN CANADA

If your church is responding to needs in your community and decides to request additional resources from NCM, the following are the NCM guidelines for accessing NCM funding.


NCM response must be to the most vulnerable.

  • the elderly (over 60) and /or those with prior serious health conditions and especially those having little or no access to health care

  • those who are marginalized and are among the poorest of the poor (or have lost income/livelihood and have no income/assets to sustain themselves) who are deprived of food/necessities during lockdown / isolation / quarantine conditions.       

          

NCM response must be Church-led which means that NCM support is designed to supplement what local church / churches are already doing.

 

NCM response must be Community-based means that we serve the most needy in the community regardless of religion or creed. (The most needy can of course include needy Nazarenes who are part of the community but is not limited only to Nazarenes.)

 

There is funding available across the regions providing the above criteria are met. In Canada / USA region, funding may be available for those who fall through the cracks of government assistance and meet the above criteria.  See https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

 

NCM DELIVERY MECHANISM

As for any NCM response, the local pastor (of the church / churches involved in responding) and the DS must approve any proposed initiative prior to the request being directed to NCM.  If a distribution of food / goods is planned, then complete a request form available from your District Superintendent. If the request is for anything beyond a simple distribution of food / non-food items, then the templates for NCM Proposal and Budget must be completed.

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