Coronavirus Media Round-Up

Ministry to the poor, UK March 26, 2020

Media appearances and comment around the coronavirus pandemic:

24 March 2020

Natalie Williams appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight programme (pictured above), in her capacity as Project Manager at King’s Church, Hastings.

Natalie urged the British public, “We’ve got to stay full of hope, full of faith. We’ve got to go against the tide. When we’re worried and fearful we often look after ourselves. What we need to do as a nation is to go against that spirit, and say, ‘We’re going to be hopeful; we’re going to be generous – more generous than we have been in the past.'”

The clip starts at around 18:40 here, and is available until 23 April.

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24 March 2020

Natalie wrote an article for the Huffington Post, headlined, ‘Coronavirus Has Left My Foodbank More Busy, And More In Need, Than Ever‘.

In it she told of the increasing numbers of people coming to the foodbank – many of whom had never expected to need such help. She concluded:

“Of course, none of us could have foreseen what is now happening. But what now looks inevitable for the UK is that some who have never known hardship … will be plunged into it, while those who were already in poverty will be pushed deeper into it and trapped there.

“That’s why we need to fix our eyes on the things that give us hope, on the kindness and generosity that resists the urge to stockpile. On the compassion that causes us to reach out and help each other where we can. Churches like mine may have had to close their doors for Sunday services, but we are keeping our projects that serve the most vulnerable open, and we will continue to do so. 

“Coronavirus will pass. The commitment of churches across the country to show compassion to those swept into poverty will not.”

 

Source: Jubilee+

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