During these difficult times, the Facts & Trends team thought you would appreciate some good news and heartwarming stories to lighten your day.
With that in mind, enjoy these stories today.
Nurse Sings Amazing Grace
One of our remarkable nurses, Lori Marie Key, from St. Mary Mercy Livonia, led her fellow nurses in the song "Amazing Grace" as one shift ended and a new shift began. Thank you, Lori, for your beautiful initiative to raise your fellow colleagues' spirits as you fight tirelessly on the front lines of COVID-19. #YouAreRemarkable
Posted by Saint Joseph Mercy Health System on Friday, April 3, 2020
Choir Comforts Widow
This is incredibly moving. Earlier this week, a pastor at my former church in Memphis died from complications related to coronavirus. Yesterday, the church choir gathered outside his wife's home to sing hymns. pic.twitter.com/drn8R1aDEC
— Cortland Gatliff (@cortgatliff) April 3, 2020
Bible Sales Increasing
Numerous publishers and online bookstores have noticed a jump in Bible sales since the pandemic began, including LifeWay.
From a Fox News story:
LifeWay Christian Resources also saw an increase of 62 percent last week compared to the previous year.
“We believe this is no accident, as people often go to the Bible as a source of hope in times of crisis and uncertainty,” said Ben Mandrell, LifeWay CEO. “People draw hope from Scripture because in it they see a God who is with us during our suffering.”
Mandrell added, “The Bible, as God’s words to us, is a reminder that He doesn’t leave us to walk through difficult times alone.”
Free At-Home Kids’ Ministry Resources
Jesus may have said, “Let the little children come to me,” but in these strange times, churches are telling kids and their parents to stay at home.
Such is the paradox children’s ministries are facing as they seek to introduce kids to Jesus while also practicing social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
To help address this challenge, churches around the world are making use of LifeWay Kids at Home, a free discipleship resource that allows families to watch Bible story videos and download activity pages and conversation starters.
As I was wrapping up my 80-mile bike ride, in preparation for the 2025 Tour De France, I came across a group of people having a Wedding/Reception outside of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in the rain. This guy played the trumbone as a parade of their family & friends drove by 🥳🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/c95E8VhUCo
— Tramel Raggs (@Raggs_No_Riches) April 1, 2020
Non-Christians More Open
“One in 5 non-Christians (21.5%) polled said the crisis is causing them to start reading the Bible and listen to Bible teaching and Christian sermons online even though they usually don’t, search online to learn more about Bible prophecy and God’s plan for the future of mankind, and have more spiritual conversations with family and friends.”
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) April 6, 2020
What good news or encouraging stories have you seen this week?