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The Silent Threat



“Social Distancing” is a now a household term we have become all-too-familiar with

this past year in an effort to fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Keeping a

physical distance from others is a healthy practice right now but unfortunately it has

also brought a silent threat to some of the more vulnerable in our society.


Isn’t it amazing that when we need advice on technology we ask the youngest

person we know? It seems the older we get the less familiar we are with new

technology. Herein lies the silent threat I want to highlight in this blog. Everyone

needs connection to be emotionally healthy but our elderly citizens have become

more shut-in and isolated than ever before. The silent threat for them is … well…

too much Silence. They lack social interaction.


At Hope Gardens we have 25 wonderful senior ladies who have been shut-in for ten

months. Even before “Covid” was a thing, they experienced very few visitors. Most

are disconnected from family. The Silent Threat for them has a name… it’s called

LONELINESS. Even the few activities they had before have all been suspended. They

are experiencing a severe sense of loneliness and we all know that dealing with this

issue for a long period of time can develop into depression.


Well I am excited to say that Deed and Truth will be re-booting a weekly ministry to

our Sequoia Senior Ladies. Beginning in February we are going to hold bi-weekly

Bible studies and Bingo gatherings with strict “social distancing” protocols. Our goal

is to create much needed “Social Connection” while employing “physical distancing”.

I affectionately call it B&B every Wednesday at 1pm.


My “ask” this week is for prayer. Please pray for these precious ladies. Pray against

the enemy’s Silent Threat. Pray that they will feel safe. Pray that we keep a safe

environment. Pray for them to feel loved and connected to God and each other.

Pray for me to be used of God in our Bible Studies to provide biblical counsel,

spiritual encouragement, and on Bingo Wednesdays… just plain old fun and plenty

of life-giving laughs!


Once Covid-19 protocols are lifted and we are able to invite volunteers on campus,

(and please pray for that to materialize soon) we will open the Wednesday B&B’s to

our Deed and Truth friends who want to come and teach a bible study or just play

together.



This is Wanda. Wanda lives at Hope Gardens and also volunteers as our unofficial

Social Queen. She understands the connection between community and mental

health. Wanda is Uber-excited about our B&B re-opening. She is getting the word out and we are all looking forward to seeing each other face-to-face this coming

Wednesday. Pray for Wanda and the 24 other Sequoia women she represents.

FYI: Fun-facts about Wanda…. She had some interesting jobs in her past including

doing stunt work in Hollywood and at 4’10” she also worked at Disney World as

“Mickey & Minnie” characters.

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