Especially in the midst of a pandemic, Life Happens. We lose jobs or our hours at work are cut. Our child care bills go up because of virtual schooling. A loved one gets COVID. Suddenly, we have a personal financial emergency.
Life happens, and when it does, we need community. We need someone to walk with us. Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Since the pandemic settled in, Gathered by Grace has distributed almost $13,000 from their Life Happens Fund to more than 40 households in the River Region. Early on, the biggest need was for food. In the summer, requests for utility assistance increased. Most recently, the requests have been for rent and mortgage assistance. Always, they offer a session with a financial counselor at no cost to the approved applicant to aid in ongoing financial health.
In 2019, the Life Happens fund provided $2,214 in assistance. Already having given out $13,000 in 2020, the requests continue. The needs continue to be met by grants and donor contributions. Where there is a need, somehow, God finds a way.
About: Gathered by Grace is a mission congregation of the ELCA in Montgomery, Alabama, served by Pastor Tiffany Chaney. Pastor Tiffany's hope is to engage other young adults in authentic ministry that helps us come to know and grow in our relationship with Christ, enliven us spiritually, meet us where we are in our current season of life, and allow for theological discernment reflective of God's grace for all. The Life Happens Fund is just one of the ways Gathered by Grace reaches into the community. Check out more at: http://www.gbgministry.org/going-into-community.html