Our COVID-19 Operations Update and Prayer
Letter From GUMF President/CEO Rev. Keith E. Lawder
I am at home today, and the Georgia United Methodist Foundation team is practicing social distancing. We want you to know what we are doing in response to the pandemic and the economic fallout.
- First, we are still working. We are committed to providing outstanding service to our investment, loan, certificate, and educational clients.
- We are working diligently to stay on top of current developments in financial markets. As a financial intermediary, we have always taken a long-term approach to investing and credit underwriting. Our balance sheet is strong.
- We are praying for you: for safety from the pandemic as well as for healing in our financial and job markets.
I encourage you to do whatever you can. Practice social distancing. Participate in virtual worship and Bible study experiences. Send your regular contributions electronically or by check to your church as you are able. Reach out to others who are sequestered in nursing or retirement homes. Check on people. Give blood if you can. I believe that God is still in charge and that He wants us to help others. I am confident we will get through this if we work together.
Allow me to share a beautiful prayer attributed to Cameron Bellm.
A Prayer for Pandemic:
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settled in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
Rev. Keith E. Lawder