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During this COVID-19 crisis, the team at NC Values wants to serve you—our coalition members—impacted by the virus as much as possible. We are resolved to be praying over you and all others experiencing the pandemic's impact every monday at 11 am, and ask that you take a couple minutes to pray for our officials and neighbors at that time. In addition, we have decided to focus Friday Five on the latest stories and relief resources from our state and federal government. We may even provide more than our normal 5 articles to ensure you're up-to-date on the latest ("Friday Five+"). We hope that in addition to staying informed, coalition members financially and physically impacted by the virus will find tools to mediate the virus's ongoing impacts.
We encourage you—now more than ever—to be deeply in prayer for our state, nation, and world. Now is not a time for partisanship. It is a time for our country to come together and care for one another. In addition to being deeply in prayer, we ask you adhere to the directions given at the state and federal level, practice social distancing, and stay home as much as is physically possible.
Nonprofits like ours are expected to experience significant impacts to our fundraising efforts. If you support our work, would you consider making a needed $100, $50, $25, $10, or even $5 donation to ensure we have the resources necessary to remain financially healthy during these difficult times?
1. NC VALUES: Gov. Cooper closes businesses, schools, and churches; but not abortion centers?
2. VIDEO: Outside Charlotte abortion clinic
In the past, this same clinic has been closed by the state after a surprise inspection found imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients. If these workers really cared about the women they see, wouldn’t they stay home to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus?
3. BP NEWS: Moore, other pro-lifers oppose abortion promotion during pandemic
"Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore joined other pro-life leaders Tuesday (March 24) in urging public health officials to act to prevent the promotion of abortion during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and more than 50 other representatives of national or state organizations called for the action in a letter to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The letter, organized by pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, said Planned Parenthood and other organizations are promoting and performing abortions while other elective procedures are being delayed. By discontinuing abortions, Planned Parenthood would make medical equipment that is in limited supply available as the coronavirus spreads in this country, protect women who may require care from an overtaxed health-care system after post-abortion complications and reduce the burden on emergency rooms, according to the letter."
"In addition to Moore and Dannenfelser, others signing the letter to Azar were: Carol Tobias, president, National Right to Life; Jeanne Mancini, president, March for Life; Tony Perkins, president, Family Research Council; Roland Warren, president, Care Net; Shawn Carney, president, 40 Days for Life; Brian Fisher, president, Human Coalition; Donna Harrison, executive director, American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Frank Pavone, national director, Priests for Life; Lila Rose, president, Live Action; Kristan Hawkins, president, Students for Life of America; and Tami Fitzgerald, executive director, North Carolina Values Coalition."
4. SBA LIST: The Pro-Life Response to Coronavirus
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel initiated the effort across the Triangle on Wednesday, when he signed a stay-at-home order that starts Thursday evening. Orange County officials issued an order Thursday morning that also covers Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, and it takes effect Friday evening.
The Durham County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon and adopt its own stay-at-home order."
"Gov. Roy Cooper has expanded the list of public places ordered to close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, lowered the limit for the number of people at public gatherings and extended the closing of public schools through May 15.
His actions follow Wake County, which announced another layer of guidelines on Sunday.
Effective March 23, gatherings are to be limited to no more than 50 people, down from the 100-person cap Cooper announced a little over a week earlier."
A toll-free Hope Line has been established for older adults experiencing isolation from social distancing. Call 1-866-578-4673 or 1-866-578-HOPE.
"The House of Representatives on Friday began debate on the massive $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package aimed at reducing the spread of the disease and keeping Americans financially afloat as businesses shut down to limit social contact according to guidelines from the federal and state governments."
ONGOING PRAYER: CORONAVIRUS
LORD, we pray to you regarding the health pandemic facing our nation and the world. Christ—you are the Great Physician—and we bring to you a solemn petition in regards to our physical, social, and economic health.
Protect our bodies and our nation as we combat the coronavirus. We pray that our leaders in office will be blessed with wisdom to make decisions in the interest of public health and saving lives. We pray in particular for the elderly, who are most at risk to experience complications when infected. We pray for all the medical professionals on the front-lines of battling this virus.
LORD, protect all of us from infection, and may you work through your Church in the midst of this crisis to help bring people to acknowledge you are sovereign and good. We pray deeply that people will come to salvation, and that our neighbors will spend their time wisely with their families praising God for our blessings.
We pray that this virus will quickly die out, that our public efforts—as communities and neighbors—will slow the virus' spread and impact. LORD, we ask for you to work through those individuals currently developing a cure, and plead that it may come soon. We also pray for all those who will be impacted by the economic fallout of the measures taken to combat the viruses. Be with individuals nearing retirement who will have their savings ravaged; be with small business owners and employees—particularly those in recreation, dining, part-time employment, and vacation industries—who may face bankruptcy and financial stress related to economic decline; be with our nation as a whole, as it sets itself on the difficult path of recovering physically and economically from this virus.
LORD, we acknowledge you are good, and that your provision for your children is unquestionable. May your inspired words remind us in this time of panic and anxiety:
"Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:25-34)
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