09052020_Charity amid a Crisis 3 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Give during a Pandemic

Charity amid a Crisis? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Give during a Pandemic

With months away from flipping the 2020 calendar, the battle against the pandemic is far from over.

Healthcare workers still struggle with a shortage of protective equipment. More and more kababayans face unemployment as the economy dips. And, low-income families continue to wonder where to get their next meal.

No doubt, the current crisis takes a heavy toll on every Juan.

Yes, life is quite challenging these days. It is hard to keep your face toward the sunshine when all you can see are shadows, isn’t it?

Yet one of the strongest traits of being a Filipino is the inclination to find the silver lining on every cloud. And if there’s one silver lining that came out during this difficult time, it is the bayanihan spirit that gets stronger because of the crisis.

This International Day of Charity, here are 3 things to ponder on if you are wondering about how you can take part in helping others even in the simplest way:

1. What is your motivation?

Ask yourself why you want to give and what specific things you want to accomplish by donating.

Do you want to support and sustain the health workers and other frontliners? Do you wish to feed the hungry and send aid to those who lost their jobs? Or maybe, your heart is in supporting the youth’s learning and education amid the pandemic?

Knowing your “whats” and “whys” about giving will help you with the “hows.” Your personal motivations can help you decide how to maximize your resources and execute your charitable ideas.

2. What are your resources?

Charity comes in various shapes and sizes.

You can donate goods, money, or time. However, due to the pressing health risks brought by COVID-19, more people are now actively involved in supporting those who are in need through financial means.

Giving food and other essential items is great. But if you have the financial capacity to give and make sponsorships, you may consider donating money so those in need can buy the things they actually need.

Also, are you considering a one-time donation, or would you go for a long-term, more sustainable way of helping others?

3. Do you need expert guidance on your charitable giving?

If you are a first-time donor or you simply do not know yet who to help and how you can help, partnering with charitable and humanitarian organizations is a good option.

These groups have been working closely with the communities and beneficiaries, and have projects that help people in the ways they need most. Your generous support would help them sustain such projects that truly help people.

For instance, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines – CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm – has been working to help in the fight against COVID-19 and bring hope and comfort to kababayans who experience fear and anxiety during this pandemic.

Operation Blessing has already provided relief to thousands of patientsfrontlinersfarmerssenior citizens and childrenpersons with disabilitiesindigenous communitiesjeepney driversjobless and homeless individuals, and some of the most vulnerable families across the country.

If you want to help our underprivileged kababayans and spark hope to communities in need, you can partner with Operation Blessing today. You may give online or contact 09399215543 or 09189067753 to make sponsorships.

It takes huge faith to give away what is yours.

But instead of being close-fisted, God has opened your heart and hands for something bigger: helping others.

Know that as you donate, you give beyond money. You don’t just alleviate their current suffering – you also help restore their hope and dignity. Above all, you please your Heavenly Father, because even during the toughest days, you still choose to give with compassion, love, and charity.

“Let all your things be done with charity.” (1 Corinthians 16:14 KJV)

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Not all Heroes Wear Capes, Some Wear PPEs | Health Workers’ Day

Behind her surgical mask, nurse Divina looked at the patients with tears streaming down her face. It’s hard to hold back her emotions while seeing other people suffer. 

As a Filipino nurse in Bergamo, a city in Italy with the highest number of people infected with COVID-19, Divina Guerrero witnesses the heartbreaking battle of the patients they serve. Every day, she gears up for tough battle each time she puts on her protective suit, face mask, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

“I witnessed how the patients suffered from COVID-19. I saw them entering the hospital where they don’t get the chance to see their families anymore – until the day they die,” Divina recalled. “Whenever I see the painful separation of patients and families, that’s when I really break down and cry.”

Divina considers the current pandemic as the toughest challenge in her 28 years as a health workerDue to the risk of her chosen profession, Divina’s family pleaded for her to stop working and look after her own well being. 

She admits that fear overtakes her sometimes, but her calling to serve people proves to be stronger than the pandemic. To health workers like her, this season of testing is also an opportunity to see God’s miracles even in the toughest times.

“I see people fighting for their lives. When patients open their eyes or move their hands, it’s like God is giving signs and is making us realize that hope is possible even during this time, said Divina, who shares that such occasions give her a positive disposition. 

Divina courageously wears her protective suit and face mask each day knowing that the Lord continues to strengthen and protect her amidst the crisisArmed with prayer each time, she gears up ready to conquer the virus and help flatten the curve.

“God does not allow fear to stay in my mind. He helps me stay positive that I would remain free from the virus,” says Divina. 

Divina is one of the many health workers who selflessly brave the unseen enemy in the world right now. They are the ones who always put their lives on the line with hopes of saving others.

This Health Workers’ Day, the world continues to witness their importance more than ever. Let’s continue to recognize, honor, and pray for all the devoted health workers around the globe.

Dear health workers, thank you for continuing your heroic deed. The whole world is grateful for your dedication, compassionate hearts, and courageous spirits!

Most importantly, God sees you and cares for you. May you find comfort as you seek Him, for He is the greatest Hero who will guard you all the days of your life, as said in Philippians 4:6-7,

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Are you a health worker who needs prayers and encouragement today? It would be our joy to pray for you! Don’t hesitate to call us at 8737-0700 or send your prayer requests through the CBN Asia Prayer Center. 

Stranded this ECQ but Received a Helping Hand | Operation Blessing

As soon as the government declared the quarantine, many kababayans rushed to their home provinces to be with their families.

However, such was not the case for Alnajal Jalmaani.

Alnajal is one of the trainees of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who got stranded in a dormitory in Manila because of the Luzon-wide quarantine. 

“We were advised to standby. In case the processing of our application resumes, we would be able to report to training by then,” Alnajal shares.

While stuck in their dorm, Alnajal and his co-trainees started feeling restless about their condition. They received no financial help nor support as all their relatives are in Mindanao. They do not know where to seek help for food and some other basic needsIn addition to those burdens, they are really concerned about their families in the province.

“It’s very difficult for all of us, especially to me who doesn’t have a source of income here. I’m also worried about my family in Mindanao. I don’t know who can help me here,” he expressed.

Aside from food insecurity, they are also anxious about their health and safety in case they need to seek food or help outside their dormitory.

That is why it is a huge relief for Aljanal and his co-trainees when the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB) heard about their condition. Operation Blessing immediately visited their dorm and provided much-needed food packs, hygiene kits, and other essential commodities to help alleviate their difficult condition.

“Although we will still be stranded here for quite a while, what Operation Blessing has given us is a huge help to us. Everyone in our boarding house was given relief items, and we are very grateful to Operation Blessing for reaching out to us,” Alnajal said, smiling behind his face mask.

They also received prayers and words of encouragement from the Operation Blessing team to help uplift their spirits. They realized that it is God who sees and will provide for their needs, as said in the Bible:

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) 

More kababayans like him are still stranded and they need your help. 

You can be a blessing to them by partnering with Operation Blessing now! Your generous giving will help lessen their plight and will lessen the worries of their families left in their respective provinces. 

Reach out by sending in your donations online, through Paypal ([email protected]and GCash (Operation Blessing), or through banks with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.

BDO: 0030000-55279 (PhP Savings), BDO U.S.: 103000-113-333 ($ Savings)   

BPI: 3001-0040-33 (PhP Current)   

METROBANK: 270-3-27050273-4 (PhP Savings), METROBANK U.S.: 270-2-27000282-4   

UNION BANK: 00-216-072163-9 (PhP Current), UNION BANK U.S.: 13-216-000170-0 ($ Savings) 

To know more about Operation Blessing’s relief efforts, visit their website and Facebook page. 

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PPEs Shortage is Real, but the Filipino Bayanihan is Stronger! | Operation Blessing

Livelihoods were lost, lives have been claimed, and people were robbed of their peace.

Without a doubt, the current pandemic has brought a serious impact on the lives of the Filipino people. Furthermore, the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and preventive care kits adds to the burden of frontliners who have been working hard to fight the battle.  

To help lessen the plight of kababayans, the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB), CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, continues to provide much-needed PPEs and preventive care kits to selfless health workers who are fighting the threat of COVID-19 and its further spread. 

“The preventive care kits you gave mean a lot to us frontliners, even to security guards and caregivers who directly handle patients in our Emergency Room triage. It’s a big help, now that we cannot get PPEs due to lack of suppliers,” shared Pocholo Yamsuan, an Infection Control Nurse at Mary Chiles Hospital and Maternity. 

Face masks, alcohol, soaps, and vitamins to help boost their immune system, are just some of the contents of the preventive care kits given away to hundreds of medical, military, and police frontliners. Not only that, OB also gave out preventive care kits to patients, farmers, daily wage earners, delivery crew, local government personnel, indigenous groups, PWDs, street kids, and homeless individuals who were greatly affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ.) 

“I am happy with what Operation Blessing has given us. These will surely help us, especially now that we’re affected by the ECQOur family doesn’t have enough money to buy things to protect ourselves,” expressed Gina Densing, a patient in one of the hospitals OB catered for.

The beneficiaries also received prayers and words of encouragement from the OB team to remind them of the comforting and saving love of God amid any crisis. 

The shortage of PPEs is real, but hope and our Filipino spirit of bayanihan are stronger!

You, too, can help protect those who protect the people. You, too, can reach out to those who are vulnerable and in need. Partner with Operation Blessing and help save lives today!

You may send in your donations through Paypal ([email protected]) and GCash (Operation Blessing) or through banks with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc. 

BDO: 0030000-55279 (PhP Savings), BDO U.S.: 103000-113-333 ($ Savings)  

BPI: 3001-0040-33 (PhP Current)  

METROBANK: 270-3-27050273-4 (PhP Savings), METROBANK U.S.: 270-2-27000282-4  

UNION BANK: 00-216-072163-9 (PhP Current), UNION BANK U.S.: 13-216-000170-0 ($ Savings)

Stay updated about Operation Blessing’s relief efforts. Visit their website and Facebook page. 

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Through the Lens of Compassion: Operation Blessing’s Fight against COVID-19

For weeks now, the nation has been obliged to live a life of “new normal” amid COVID-19.

Vulnerable families and individuals were greatly affected by the pandemic. Some lost their jobs; others lost their loved ones.

Health workers and other frontliners are risking their lives with hopes of saving one.

You can help them by supporting CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB), in the fight against COVID-19.

Here are some of the moments captured by the OB Team when they reached out to public and private hospitals and vulnerable communities all around the country:

“We’re very much grateful because we know how critical the situation isyet you still remembered us here living in the mountains,” said Felix Acayin, while looking into the contents of the food pack they received from OB. Their family is part of the Dumagats, an indigenous group residing in Rizal, OB is reaching out to through its Bless-A-Child program.

Food packs were also given to the deaf and mute kababayans in Parañaque. Aside from nourishment to the body, they also received prayers and words of encouragement to help uplift their spirits!

Operation Blessing also paid a visit to the Victory Fort Bonifacio in Taguig that serves as a temporary housing facility for frontline healthcare workers who live far from the hospital where they work.  

Health workers from St. Lukes Medical Center in BGC and Rizal Medical Center received preventive care kits which includes soap, face shield, face mask, and alcohol.

Meanwhile, this crisis has also taught the people that service workers are one of the most important workforces. They cannot afford to get sick at a time like this so Operation Blessing handed over preventive care kits to these unsung heroes, to help protect and boost their immune system.

The Armed Forced of the Philippines, guards, and volunteers who were manning the checkpoints also received preventive care kits and oranges from our partner, NICE inContact.

Farmers who find it difficult to take their produce to the market due to the quarantine are also having a hard time feeding their own families.

Because of your continuous support, a group of farmers in Tuy, Batangas received food packs and preventive care kits that they can bring home to their families.

Aside from them, social workers in Valenzuela who are dedicated to assisting families-in-need also received their share of blessing.

They received preventive care kits to ensure their protection so that they can continue to serve those who need their helping hands. 

Barangay workers from Zone 75 in Manila were also given preventive care kits. They, too, are frontliners who provide immediate services to the community.

More of our kababayans from different sectors need your help, now more than ever. You can reach them out by supporting Operation Blessing’s nonstop relief efforts.  

Be part of the fight against COVID-19 by sending your donations through the following: 

Paypal ([email protected]) 

GCash (Operation Blessing) 

BANK 

(Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.) 

BDO PH: 0030000-55279 (PhP Savings), BDO U.S.: 103000-113-333 ($ Savings) 

BPI PH: 3001-0040-33 (PhP Current) 

METROBANK PH: 270-3-27050273-4 (PhP Savings), METROBANK U.S.: 270-2-27000282-4 

UNION BANK PH: 00-216-072163-9 (PhP Current), UNION BANK U.S.: 13-216-000170-0 ($ Savings)

For more information, visit the Operation Blessing Foundation Facebook page.

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How Can You Help Kids Cope with COVID-19?

Quarantine. Social distancing. COVID-19.

These words might sound confusing or overwhelming for children and may cause them fear and stress. In difficult times like this, kids need extra love, care, and attention.

Are you looking for ways to help your kids cope with COVID-19? Here are some tips, from OperationSAFE International:

1. Ask the kids how they feel

Ask, “How do you feel about our situation?”

Not every child can voice out what is going on in his or her head instantly. Ask how kids feel about the current situation and assure them that should they need someone to talk to, you’re always willing to listen. Listen closely to their concerns and respond in a supportive way.

2. Explain what’s happening in a way they can understand.

Ask, “What questions do you have?”

Speak calmly and provide clear information about what is happening. Try to explain in words kids can easily understand. Address their questions. It is also equally important to teach them about how they can reduce the risk of being infected by COVID-19.

3. Admit your concerns, but stress your ability to cope

Say, “Don’t worry. We’ll get through this together.”

As a parent, letting your children know how you feel about COVID-19 can help validate their feelings. Be truthful, yet calm; honest yet reassuring. Remind them that despite the situation, your family will get through this together.

4. Reassure them with a hug

Ask, “Can I give you a hug?”

Amid COVID-19, you are your child’s biggest supporter. Aside from lifting them up with encouraging words, giving them a warm embrace is another way to make them feel safe and loved. Your nurturing touch is like a blanket that covers them and makes them feel secure.

5. Spend extra time with them.

Ask, “What do you want to do today?”

Spending time with your kids is a good opportunity to model a positive disposition in the middle of this crisis. Playing, cooking, and doing chores together will surely help strengthen your bond with each other.

6. Re-establish your daily routine for school, play, meals, etc.

Say, “It’s okay. Things will be better soon.”

Whether it’s time for breakfast, exercise, play, or household chores, maintaining your children’s daily routine can help protect their physical and emotional well-being. It’s like telling them that things will get back to normal eventually.

7. Involve them and let them be a part of the recovery.

Ask, “Can we pray?”

Aside from reminding your children that medical frontliners are doing their best to fight the pandemic, allowing them to be a part of the recovery can help, too. Encourage them to write thank you letters for frontliners or help pack foods to be given away to neighbors who are in need. Most importantly, teaching them to pray for their family, for others, and for the country is one of the best ways to guide their spiritual journey.

As a parent, you might also feel challenged in taking care of your little ones because of your own worries and questions about the pandemic.

But you don’t have to fear for God is with you (Isaiah 41:10). Remember that you can always ask Him to help and equip you as you go through this season. He will protect you and give you the wisdom that you need to take good care of your loved ones.

As Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Do you need someone to pray for you and your children right now? You may send your prayer requests to the CBN Asia Facebook page.

Informal Settlers, Jobless Kababayans Receive Help Amid COVID-19 | Operation Blessing

As families were obliged to stay at home amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Extended Community Quarantine (ECQ) has left thousands of Filipinos unsure where to get their next meal.

To lessen the plight of kababayans who are greatly affected by the crisis, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB), CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, continues to extend help to medical frontliners, jobless families, and informal settlers from various parts of the country.

Last week, families in Payatas, Quezon City received much-needed food packs which include supplies that could last for a week.

Unable to work while taking care of both parents, Arlene Gayo, one of the beneficiaries, shared her gratitude after OB reached out to their community.

“We are being challenged in terms of finances. I was supposed to get a job, but because of my asthma, I had to postpone it to protect myself from the virus. I had to help my parents who are both senior citizens. My father needs medical sustenance for his asthma, diabetes and high blood. Help hasn’t reached us until now and I thank God because Operation Blessing remembered the families here in Payatas,” Arlene said.

OB also sent relief to a group of individuals who were stranded in a small dormitory in Manila.

The group, who flew all the way from Zamboanga to Camp Crame to become part of the police force, were prevented from traveling back to Mindanao because of the quarantine.

Likewise, OB reached out to children who are considered some of the most vulnerable during a crisis. The team provided food supply, vitamins, and preventive kits to street kids of Church on the Streets and the Alleys.

Moreover, informal settlers at North Cemetery received food packs and preventive kits yesterday through Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. They, along with families from Lower Bicutan, Taguig who also received food packs, are among the thousands of individuals financially challenged by the pandemic.

 

“Since almost all work opportunities have disappeared during the ECQ, our beneficiaries are extremely grateful to OB and to our donors for stepping in the gap. In these times of desperate need, people are worried and scared of getting sick of COVID-19. Having nothing to eat adds such a heavy toll on them,” shared Robert John Tan, CBN Asia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

He also added that the beneficiaries, who do not have access to food through their local government, are grateful for the help given, “OB’s grocery bags are received with so much gratitude. We praise the Lord that He can use OB and all our donors to be such a blessing during these critical moments!”

On the other hand, frontliners continue to receive aid from Operation Blessing’s nonstop relief operations.

Consuming 80-100 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) per day as they battle against the spread of COVID-19, medical workers in the Lung Center of the Philippines are in grave need of more protective gear.

Through your generous giving, they received PPEs and preventive kits that will ensure their safety, as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, and other hospitals in Quezon City, Manila, and Marikina.

The Operation Blessing also prayed for the selfless frontliners, with hopes of providing comfort and encouragement during these trying times.

In addition, hospitals outside the metro such as the Ospital ng Biñan, Batangas Provincial Hospital, San Luis Rural Health Center, Bauan General Hospital, Lobo Municipal Hospital, and several checkpoints along the way also received PPEs and hygiene kits, with the help of Philippine National Army.

Today, the team flies to Davao to distribute PPEs and preventive kits to the brave frontliners in Mindanao. With the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the protective gear is transported through its C295 aircraft.

You, too, can take part in helping out someone in need today!

Join us in helping more of our kababayans by donating through Paypal ([email protected]), GCash (Operation Blessing), and online. For more details, you may visit the Operation Blessing website and Facebook page, or contact 8663-4701, 8663-4710, or 0939-921-5543.

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Lent in Time of COVID-19: How to Spend Meaningful Holy Week on Quarantine

Are you wondering how you can spend a meaningful Holy Week during this time of pandemic?

Over the years, most Filipinos observe Holy Week through various outdoor activities such as visiting a church, going to prayer mountains, or enjoying a relaxing vacation with loved ones. However, doing such things may seem out of the question now, as most are on quarantine to stay safe from COVID-19. 

Worry not, here are some ways to make your Lenten season still meaningful even when you’re stuck inside your household: 

1. Spend time with God.

The world needs your prayers, now more than ever.

Whether as an individual or as a family, this quarantine provides an opportunity to spend more time with God. Close that door, open the Bible and meditate on God’s Word.

Ask, “What is this crisis telling me? How can this pandemic lead me closer to God?”

Apart from praying for protection, provision, and healing of this nation, may your prayer times be aHannah Goodwyn puts it in her CBN article entitled Lent: What Is It Good For? The days of Lent are a time of meditation, fasting and repentance, and a time to wage war against desires that may be contrary to God’s Word. 

2. Spend time with family.

Spending quality time with your family is one of the many things you can do during the quarantine.

You may gather and watch shows that foster good family values, help find your identity in Christ, and help you strengthen your faith and believe in miracles again. You may also dig into child-friendly resources online so the youngsters can enjoy them, too! 

Now that everybody’s at home, it could be a perfect time for expressing love, restoring relationships, and creating meaningful conversations with your family members.

Extend help.

Aside from taking care of the family, God also calls His people to show compassion to their neighborsBut, how can you perform acts of charity in a time of social distancing? 

Good news! You can help protect the frontliners and help families who are severely affected by COVID-19 by donating to organizations, like Operation Blessing, which distributes much-needed protective gear and food packs to hospitals and communities. Also, avoiding hoarding suppliecould help lessen the plight of others. 

As the saying goes, every crisis is an opportunity. Being on a quarantine this Holy Week could be a good opportunity to spend time with God, spend time with your family, and extend help to your kababayans in need. May you have a safe and meaningful Holy Week. 

Do you need prayers and encouragementSend your prayer requests to CBN Asia Prayer Center or call 8-737-0700. We would love to pray for you!

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Staying at Home but Wants to Help Frontliners? Here’s How | Operation Blessing

Work together to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines.

 Last March 22, amid strict quarantine guidelines and health risks, the OB team braved going to different hospitals to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and preventive care kits to help medical frontliners.

Nurses and doctors in Marikina Valley Medical Center, Valenzuela Medical Center, and Sta. Ana Hospital received much-needed alcohol, face masks, vitamins, and disposable gowns, caps, and shoe covers – to help keep the health responders safe as they selflessly and tirelessly care for kababayans who are in need of medical attention.

With hopes of lifting their spirits while serving the people, the OB team also encouraged and prayed for the frontliners.

Dr. Sheila Aranas, OB Programs Director, gave a glimpse of what was it like to be on the ground. “It was challenging to do the distribution because of the quarantine guidelines and the known risks of being exposed but personally, the worry of being exposed was superseded by joy in seeing that the beneficiaries were grateful and encouraged,” she said.

As a medical practitioner herself, Dr. Sheila saw the ever-increasing need to support her fellow frontliners. The doctor added that she, too, was blessed by the courageous hearts of those who fulfill their duties during these trying times.

“The health care frontliners didn’t know that I was also encouraged and blessed by their selfless commitment to serve beyond their duties! The nurses and doctors said they appreciated the PPEs but more [importantly], the prayers and encouragement,” she expressed.

More frontliners need your help! Aside from participating in the enhanced community quarantine and taking good care of your health, you can support and protect these modern-day heroes by donating the following:

  1. Surgical mask or N95 mask
  2. Nitrile gloves
  3. Goggles or face shields
  4. Disposable surgical gown and raincoat
  5. Disposable surgical cap
  6. Disposable shoe cover
  7. Isopropyl alcohol (70%)
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Soap for body and hands
  10. Vitamin C

You may also donate online or send your monetary donations through Paypal ([email protected]), GCash (Operation Blessing), and the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.

BDO: 0030000-55279

BPI: 3001-0040-33

METRO BANK: 270-3-27050273-4

UNION BANK: 00-216-072163-9

Help save lives by partnering with us now!

For more information, you may contact these numbers: (+632) 8663-4701 / (+632) 8663-4710 / 0939-921-5543 or send an email to [email protected] You may also visit Operation Blessing’s website and Facebook page.

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Staying at Home? Here are 5 Things You Can Do During Community Quarantine

With hopes of preventing the spread of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Metro Manila under a 30-day community quarantine which started last March 15. 

During the community quarantine, classes and other forms of mass gatherings are suspended. Travelling has now restrictions and social distancing is also being practiced. Workers are even encouraged to work from home – leaving much time for Filipinos to stay indoors. 

To help make your time at home a productive and meaningful one, here are 5 things you can do during the community quarantine:

1. Rest 

COVID-19 is a contagious and deadly diseaseWhile we are advised not to downplay the situationlet us not allow fear to cripple us, too 

Panic is already taking its toll on people’s minds. So, stay calm as much as you can and do something that lifts your spirit.  

Play your guitar, read a book, listen to your favorite worship song, or catch on that much-needed sleep. Take this time to recuperate and enhance your physicalmental, and spiritual well-being.  

Rest in God. As said in Matthew 11:29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

2. Moderate Social Media Use 

Feeling bombarded by a lot of information about COVID-19? Feeling saturated by unverified or fake news? 

Perhaps, it’s a good sign to limit your time online. Log out and take a break from social media or follow only credible news sources and verified pages. 

3. Clean up 

Aside from taking good care of your personal hygiene, you may also want to tidy up your surroundings.  Declutter your room or your closet. Disinfect your household to protect the family and keep yourself occupied 

Take this time to be reminded of how God has also made you a steward of your environment. 

4. Spend time with your family 

Create meaningful conversations with them. Listen and empathize with their fears, check up on each other’s queries, and talk about your concerns. 

Being on the same page with your family members could help straighten out worries. If a loved one is on a self-quarantine and isolates themselves, checking up on them even through calls or texts to make sure they’re okay could mean a lot. 

You can also plan simple indoor activities for everyoneExercise, play games or eat together.  

5. Pray intently 

Most importantly, ask God to protect you and your family. Ask Him to remove fear and panic in every household. Pray that He heals the sick, comforts the scared, and provides for the needy. Also, pray for wisdom in the decision-making of the country’s leaders, health workers, and the front liners who selflessly sacrifice their time to help fight this pandemic. 

Pray that God will turn this difficult time into a good, that people will seek and be drawn into Him and His saving glory, as what the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

Pray, in the Name of Jesus, for the spirit of God to reign in this land – because He is the spirit of peace, comfort, and protection. 

Time flies – as the saying goes. However, during this entire community quarantine, the days could seem so long.  

You don’t have to spend those long hours worrying! Pray without ceasing and respond in faith that God will reveal His glory and greater purpose in these trying times.

Do you have any prayer requests? You may message the CBN Asia Prayer Center or call 8737-0700 so we can pray for you.

Devotionals

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3