Friday Five+: Coronavirus edition 4/10

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

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?

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1. NC VALUES: Blessed Good Friday

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

Blessed Good Friday.

God is good.

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2. NC VALUES: Double blessings

Due to the Coronavirus, nonprofits like ours are expecting impacts to our financial giving. A generous supporter has announced a matching grant opportunity, and is matching every dollar you give during the month of April up to $16,000.

Thanks to their support, your needed donations will be multiplied dollar-for-dollar, and help ensure we have the resources needed to defend your pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious liberty values in North Carolina throughout the year.

However, we only have until April 30th to take full advantage of this generous opportunity. Would you consider making a needed donation today, and having the impact of every dollar you donate DOUBLED?

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3. NC VALUES VOICE: Live With Congressman Greg Murphy

This week we launched a new initiative called “The NC Values Voice”, a periodical 30-minute interview by Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, with a special guest.

The interviews will be aired on Facebook Live Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. Our goal is to inform and motivate our statewide coalition members with current, relevant information.

This week's program featured Congressman Greg Murphy from Greenville. Being a physician, Dr. Murphy is able to address the COVID-19 crisis medically, and with current knowledge of what Congress is doing about it.

Due to next Wednesday falling on Easter week, we won't be having our next NC Values Voice program until Wednesday, April 22nd. Our next special guest is Tom Phillips, Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and will include a report on the work Samaritan's Purse is doing during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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4. N&O: NC Treasurer Folwell describes his ‘intense’ battle with COVID-19

"In between coughing fits from the lingering effects of COVID-19, North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell described to fellow state officials what battling the virus is like during a conference-call meeting Tuesday morning.

“I can tell you,” Folwell said, “it is very, very intense.”

Folwell was hospitalized March 29, receiving care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for five days before being released, according to information released by his office. He has since been recovering at home."

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5. NC VALUES: More pro-lifers were arrested last weekend, including David Benham

"Pro-life powerhouse David Benham was reportedly arrested Saturday morning while engaging in peaceful “sidewalk counseling” outside of a North Carolina abortion clinic, after officers confronted Benham’s group for breaking “social distancing” orders.

Cities For Life, Benham’s non-profit that connects women who choose life with extensive medical and support services, says they were obeying social distancing orders and, as a charity providing assistance for those in need, Cities for Life is considered an essential service. Indeed, both the state and city stay-at-home orders list Federally recognized public charities that offer social services are essential services." (Click here to read more)

Would you consider taking a minute today to join over 5,300+ of your neighbors who have signed our click-to-contact letter to Governor Cooper and Secretary of NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, and ask them to close abortion clinics and redirect PPE and other medical equipment to our state's needed coronavirus response?

Click to contact Governor Cooper: https://www.ncvalues.org/close_abortion_clinics

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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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