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Medical Van

The New York City Department of Homeless Services has asked the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Community Services to conduct testing in homeless shelters as part of our continuing service during COVID19 pandemic using the NEC ACS Medical Van.

The Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Community Services Director, Pastor Mario Augustave and Dr. Alicia Massop-Flowers will be working with Molly Park, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Homeless Shelters and her office as they serve the homeless community. Contracting the the virus is still a very real threat to our society and especially to those who are living without a home and proper hygiene supplies, facilities and routines. By providing these services to the homeless population they will be able to receive testing using the NEC ACS medical van. This van is outfitted with safety supplies, masks, gloves and operated by volunteer nurses, doctors and lay members. The overall desire is to slow the spread of the virus and also let those in need know that they are cared for in a tangible way.

As an agency comprised of 2,000 employees, with an annual operating budget of approximately $1 billion, DHS is one of the largest organizations of its kind committed to preventing and addressing homelessness in New York City. As it engages in this mission, DHS employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelter and return to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. 

 

NEC ReOpening

 

In John 4 Jesus explains worship in His discourse with the woman at Jacob’s Well. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The Covid-19 Pandemic has reminded us that we are living in prophetic times. End-time events will change the landscape and context within which we worship and minister, however, worship is not an event, activity or program. Worship is a lifestyle, the product of a relationship with Christ, as we have experienced, Church can continue without walls.

During this period we see that God has been using the gifts of those who would allow themselves to be used by Him to minister and share the everlasting gospel. Jesus had told us that … "the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.”

Worship is what comes from the relationship we have with the Son, and our willingness to be used by the Holy Spirit. The guidelines provided in this document are not intended to limit or stifle worship expressions, but instead, are intended to establish a system which provides safety for our members.

Download the NEC Health and Safety Guidelines for Church Operations

 

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