There have been so many things during this pandemic that we CAN’T do. In fact, it’s been a very challenging time to find the things that we CAN do! In Brantford, as many of you who have been following our story through Ian’s ministry know, we have long used active Micro-level community kindness as a tool to see Macro-level community transformation. And quite effectively I might add. But for us (and most likely for some of you as well) many of our go-to ideas simply didn’t work given the very different parameters that our world has been forced to grapple with.
In fact, we had a GREAT idea (or so we thought) of doing a “COVID Kindness Award” initiative where our local Superhero, Captain Kindness, would honour and bless those who were going above and beyond for others. It dropped like a lead balloon for seemingly “no good reason.” I put that in quotes because when God inspires one of His ideas, there is never a “no good reason.” It’s just sometimes not the reason we thought it would be.
In preparation for the awards, we were about to contact a locally owned Ice Cream shop that we often partner with… out of habit. They regularly give us free ice cream to give away as acts of kindness. As we were about to pick up the phone, we realized that they were suddenly one of those “hurting small businesses” that we all hear about on TV. So we flipped the transaction.
I called the owner and told her that we were going to buy the ice cream instead of asking her to donate it. She was incredibly moved and said that the toughest part of this pandemic for her was not being to be as generous in the community because paying her staff was her top priority. It was so meaningful for her to have someone (a Church no less) turn the tables and acknowledge the important role that small business DOES play.
It was 2 Corinthians 9:10 in action. “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”