Living among the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the world and the way we live life. Social distancing has been one of the biggest and most difficult mandates for many, as it makes it tough to see loved ones and meet new people.
Throughout the pandemic, attendees of the Young Adult Sabbath School Class at Southern Asian Seventh-day Adventist Church (SASDAC) in Silver Spring, Md. continue searching for outreach event opportunities. Led by Eben Joel, along with help from SASDAC’s associate pastor John Daniel, the group continues to contribute in outreach events.
Through an organization called Shepherd’s Table, the team raised money to supply free meals to homeless people in the Silver Spring and Washington D.C. area. The Sabbath School team also maintained a close relationship with the Arden Courts Nursing Home in Silver Spring and has sent over recorded worship session videos with songs, prayer and devotional thoughts for the residents and Thank You cards for the nursing home staff.
In partnership with Martha’s Table, a local organization that focuses on providing access to quality education, health, wellness and family resources to those in need, Sabbath School attendees volunteer once a month to pack groceries for the community.
“While the pandemic has been difficult, amidst the worry and uncertainty, this time has given us an amazing opportunity to provide for others,” says Jeffrey Wilson, member. “Personally, I have been blessed by helping those in need. We must continue serving, because the needs in our communities are substantial. Just like Jesus lived and called for us to live, I hope our Sabbath School team can continue to serve individuals in our community—especially the ones who need it most.”
Written by: Shifali Mathews