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
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.